Trail Ride Info


The Basecamp for the Danseys Pass Trail Ride is located on Bushy Creek Road, 9km from Duntroon, via the Livingstone – Duntroon Road. Signs will clearly mark the basecamp from both Duntroon and Tokarahi from 6.30am on the 17th of March.


Registration Price

  • Adults $65
  • Junior $20
  • Start Time:

    • Registration: 8am at Base Paddock
    • (Early registration will also be available on 17 March from 5pm – 7pm at Duntroon School)

    • Spark Arrestor Checking: 8.30am
    • First tracks open: 9am

    Tracks close at approximately 3pm depending on the conditions on the day.

    Track descriptions:

    The track crews have been working incredibly hard to build the longest (and best) one day trail ride in Australasia. The tracks wind through 165km of private high country farms, braided rivers, forestry, native gorge and rolling farmland in the stunning Waitaki Valley. You will not be disappointed! Please note: Longer loops mean you must to refuel after each loop. No Side by Sides allowed.

    FAMILY LOOP – 22km – ATV Welcome;

    Gentle rolling country and farm tracks with safe contours and stunning views. Designed to be enjoyed by the whole family from 50cc kids bikes and up. An adult must accompany any rider under the age of 16 years. The Extreme track starts from the Family trail.

    JUNIOR LOOP – 7km – ATV Welcome;

    Shorter variation of the family loop designed for young riders. An adult must accompany any rider under the age of 16 years.

    INTERMEDIATE LOOP – Sorry, NO ATV’s this year! 35km;

    Easy to moderate riding, from shallow river crossings with loose gravel to high country tracks on the Ben Lomond Range. Spectacular views in all directions with the highest elevation of all tracks (1000m), so bring your camera. Warm clothing recommended.

    Take the intensity up a notch or two with one or both of these advanced loops:

    ADVANCED TUSSOCK – 48km Strictly No ATVs

    17km of challenging hill climb and descent combo leading into farm tracks, then into open forestry tracks and mid altitude rocky outcrops with fantastic views. Ride into Pisgah Downs and then join up with advanced trees for last 15km

    ADVANCED TREES – 35km Strictly No ATVs

    Fast flowing single track riding through moderate forestry and slash with river crossings, old gold diggings, and some technical rock and tree sections. Moderate hill climbs and descents in some new open forestry.

    Both advanced trails are of similar difficulty.

    But wait there’s more, just when you thought your day couldn’t get any better:

    Extreme Loop – 25km Strictly No ATVs

    Entry to the Extreme trail is on the family trail. It leaves the family loop for some riding in pine trees, followed by some tight technical riding with challenging downhills and climbing in the “gorge”, from here there is an open section with a variety of hill climbs and bogs, for the final part of the trail it joins back up with the Family trail.

    The most challenging and difficult terrain on the Danseys Pass Trail Ride. For serious riders only, DO NOT ride alone.

    Please note;
    Cell phone reception at the base paddock is poor, reception is available intermittently throughout the trail network. No Side by Sides on any tracks.

    Special thanks to the ongoing support of our Land Owners & Sponsors who help make this event possible.

    Central South Island Helicopters will be on site throughout the day
    Bike Recovery $350/bike approx
    Scenic Flights – $60/seat approx
    All transactions with CSI Helicopters are separate from Duntroon School.
    Cash payments

    Trail riding is a fun sport filled with freedom, but it is a high risk sport

    The following are our events Non-negotiable “Ride Rules”

    ‘Ride Rules’

    1. RIDE TO YOUR ABILITY and vision on the trail. You must always be able to stop within half the distance you see in front of you. Know which trail you are riding on.
    2. STAY ON THE MARKED TRACK. Unless your safety is at risk. Never attempt to rejoin the track from the road. If you are lost, stop your bike, take your helmet off, listen for other riders and return to the track slowly. Most accidents occur from riders being off the track.
    3. IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT – Stop other bikes for help, make the accident scene secure. Get someone to care for the patient and get someone else to continue stopping/warning bikes of the accident. If you have mobile reception and you know your location, phone the base paddock number below. If you are unsure ride on to the next road crossing. Take note of distance/time it takes to get from accident site to crossing. NEVER ride back through the riders.
    4. HIGH FIRE RISK ALERT. Compulsory spark arrestor fitted to bike. Strictly no smoking, do not lie hot bikes down on the grass, put out all fires. If you see a fire ring number below, alert a marshal, get message to road crossing or 4WD crew so base can be alerted (positions labelled on map).
    5. OBEY ALL SIGNS. The track is marked clearly with signage, electrical tape (bunting) and pink paint.
    6. UNDER 16’s RIDE WITH AN ADULT. Adults at all times need to keep junior riders riding in front to keep them in view. This will keep you and other riders safe on the trail.
    7. 10 KMPH SPEED LIMIT IN CAR PARK. If you speed in the car park, we will ask you to go home.
    8. TREAT ALL ROADS AS OPEN. Road rules apply, give way to all road traffic at road crossings.
    9. WEAR CORRECT SAFETY GEAR when riding including helmet, boots that cover the ankle, (no gumboots), long sleeved top and strong long trousers (Gloves, goggles, knee pads, kidney belt and body armor are strongly recommended).
    10. NOTE TRACK OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES. Riders are not permitted to be on the trails outside of these times. Lead marshals in pink will lead the first loop of the day – do not attempt to pass.
    11. ALL RIDERS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND EVENT RULES AND BRIEFING, then sign the event indemnity of liability statement before riding.

    Please note: Cell phone reception at base paddock is very poor. Reception is available intermittently throughout the trail network.