Opouri Bridle Track

Image: Uta Purcell | DOC


Walk or mountain bike through native forest and farmland from Opouri Saddle down to Harvey Bay (Duncan Bay).

Track overview

3 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


This is a 3 km track through native forest and farmland from Opouri Saddle down to Harvey Bay (Duncan Bay). It is very steep and rocky in places and the streams are not bridged.

Mountain biking

You can mountain bike on Opouri Bridle Track - a fun downhill alternative to the road, however, most riders will find parts of the track unrideable.

Getting there

You can get to this track from the Tennyson Inlet Road off State Highway 6 just past Rai Valley.

Know before you go

  • The weather in the Sounds is generally mild, but conditions can change quickly, especially on the water. Ensure that you have adequate equipment and experience, and, if you are going out on the water, check the marine weather forecast.
  • Light fires only in designated areas.
  • Carry water.
  • In late summer and autumn, carry antihistamine if allergic to wasp stings.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   picton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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