The Bike for Seven Mile Park
To ride in Seven Mile Park I rented (Hired) a 2017 Giant Reign Advanced 1, a carbon fiber bike with 6 inches of travel. The guys at the Torpedo 7 quickly switched the brakes (New Zealand bikes are set up with the right brake linked to the front wheel) and adjusted the shocks.
I slid the Reign into the back of the Rav 4 we had rented and headed through the city of Queenstown and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu.
Seven Mile Park
Seven Mile Park is only 4.2 miles from downtown Queenstown, but I figured it must be seven miles from some significant point.
The parking lot sits on a cliff overlooking Lake Wakatipu, offering a wonderful view of the water and ominous mountains behind. Almost all of the Seven Mile trails were hidden on a heavily forested hillside to the north.
The trail, running diagonally down the right side of the cliff was steep, was rocky and rutted … obviously due to some recent rain. Once I had reached the bottom the trail flattened and followed the lake shore.
But soon this trail got real demanding as I had to climb almost straight up to the Eagles’ Nest … over plenty of rocks and exposed roots. When I finally reached the Nest I stopped to read the large, 2 foot by 4 foot posted map.
Seven Mile was built on the side of a hill facing Lake Wakatipu. But decent views of the lake were scarce due to jungle-like vegetation. I did get a few good shots from the shoreline, Storm’s Rock, and Loop 7 overlook.
Seven Mile Park was set up around two trail centers … The Eagles’ Nest and The Hub. Almost all trails originated or passed through these centers. Several trails directly connected the centers to each other.
That sign at the Eagles’ Nest said to use Kachoong as a warm up. But I was already in a heavy sweat by the time I had reached that sign!
But I still I started with Kachoong as recommended. The trail was fairly flat with mostly wide, banked turns and a couple of log rollers and small jumps. I did Kachoong a couple of times that morning.
As a first time visitor I was often confused as to what trail I was riding and what trail I wanted to try.
I think a lot of my confusion was due to trails crossing each other without being clearly marked. Several times skinny trails branched off without any indication whether they were official trails having lost a marker or rogue trails created by riders looking for something different.
Anyway, I am not sure I hit all the trails (like I had planned) and I know I did many three to four times (My GPS said I had biked ten miles)My favorite trail was “I.B.55.” I really enjoy riding 1-3 foot drops … and this short trail had several.
I came across a few man-made obstacles and bridges but most of the Seven Mile Park trails were constructed using just the rocks, dirt, and trees.
At one spot I met a group of guys (blokes) from Queensland Australia. They took a photo of me and I got all of them.
Near the end of my ride I met a young lady named Anara. She said she had bought her bike last November and wondered why my bike (being the same model) was different. The shocks on my bike were Fox and hers Rockshox. She said she liked the bright red color of mine compared to her black with neon highlights.
We both rode down Gravity on (my 2nd favorite trail) and I got her photo and told her about my website.
She said she had a landscape photography business and told me the name of her website. I carefully typed it into my notepad but I guess I didn’t save it. Anara, could you please email me or tell me the name in the comments below so I can provide a link?
After I left Anara I headed for the car … dreading the ride up to the parking lot. But that was when I came across the B.O.B Trail. Beneath the name was the explanation, “Built On Beer.”The B.O.B. Trail was beautifully designed, with several smooth switchbacks snaking up to the parking lot.
When I reached the top I was ready for my two nut bars and crisp, juicy New Zealand grown apple.
Then I hit the bathroom and got back on my bike, ready for my next adventure … the Moke Lake Loop.
During most visits I take many more photos than I can place on a page. To view every image I captured on these Seven Mile Park … 30 photos in all, please visit my Photo Gallery Site.
The following link can give you all the stats for my Seven Mile Park … just click on the box below.