The mountain bike tracks currently within the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park are described below. More general information on the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park can be found here.
Remember that these are shared-use tracks and follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.
Trig 'M' Track
Trig 'M' can be accessed by two routes starting either from Coach Stream (at the base of the Porters Pass road climb) or from Starvation Gully (on SH73 about 1km from the pass on the Lake Lyndon side of Porters Pass). From Trig 'M' there are panoramic views over Lake Lyndon. The recommended route for mountain biking is to start from Starvation Gully and finish at Coach Stream with a return via the SH73 road (about 4.5km and 260m ascent).
Starvation Gully to Trig 'M'
From the signpost on SH 73, climb the marked track amongst diverse shrublands, traversing open ridges to reach Trig 'M'. About half way up, the track from Coach Stream joins this track from the southeast (intersection is signposted).
Grade 3: Intermediate
Distance: 3.2 km one-way to Trig 'M'
Ascent: 460m to Trig 'M'
Time: 1hr - 1hr 30min to Trig 'M' (uphill)
Other users: walkers
Trig 'M' to Coach Stream
The Coach Stream route branches off approximately 1.3 km down from Trig 'M' on the Trig 'M' Track. The route sidles alongside a ridge before passing through a gate to follow a farm track through part of Ben More Station. A gate at the end of the 4WD track leads back into public conservation land. Follow SH 73 over Porters Pass back to Starvation Gully (an additional 4.5 km and 260 m ascent).
Grade 3: Intermediate
Distance: 4.1 km from Coach Stream (SH73) to the intersection with the Trig 'M' track, with another 1.3 km to Trig 'M'
Ascent: 600m from Coach Stream (SH73) to the intersection with the Trig 'M' track, with another 130m to Trig 'M'
Other users: Vehicles, horse-riders, trains (crossings)
Access to Avoca Homestead is via Craigieburn Road which turns off SH 73 near Cass. This is a gravel road which provides 2WD access to within 30 minutes walk of the homestead. There are at least six railway crossings along this road with no warnings of oncoming trains. There are also numerous gates across the road. Leave all gates as you find them.
From the 2WD car park, it is possible to continue along a track to Broken River which must be forded to reach the Avoca homestead. Access may not be possible when the river is high.
The homestead was built in 1906 and has recently undergone extensive restoration to preserve its heritage value. It features six bunks, three bedrooms, a lounge and kitchen. Category: standard (1 hut ticket/night).
From the Avoca homestead there are a few tracks behind the homestead suitable for mountain biking day trips.
The above information has been sourced under Crown Copyright from the Department of Conservation website- the original material can be found here.