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Route Overview

General Overview
The NCGB (North Canterbury Gravel Blaster) is a day ride Exploration Route that includes the best public gravel roads in the North Canterbury area. While it has to include tarmac to link everything up, it would be fair to say that the tarmac stretches are scenic and enjoyable too. The route also includes some pretty interesting features along the way such as side tracks to lookouts, river mouths and scenic beaches. This is an excellent full day ride best ridden in good weather as the views on a clear day are outstanding.
Start/Finish Point
While this route can be started at any point, the natural start/finish point is Amberley. At this location there is a fuel station to fuel up for the day plus a number of shops for food and drink supplies. The GPX files and route information supplied for this Exploration Route start and finish at Amberley.
Terrain includes
This route aims to have as many gravel roads as possible and while there is still a reasonable amount of tarmac, the volume of gravel roads will please any gravel seeking rider. All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1. Additionally there are a few sections that cut through farmland on public routes. These gravel/dirt farm tracks wind around hillsides offering views over the surrounding mountain ranges and the ocean. The maximum grade of these gravel/dirt farm tracks is Grade 2 when they are dry. If wet conditions exist, these gravel/dirt farm tracks can be considered Grade 3 and not suitable for road oriented tyres.
Distance
292 km total distance.
Max Fuel Leg
The maximum distance between fuel stops is 166 km.
Ride Time
This is a full day ride. The actual time taken will depend on how long you spend at some of the natural stopping points such as the lookouts, beaches, rivers etc. The average seat time for the entire route is 5.5 hours of conservative riding.
Access Permission
No permission is needed to access the routes in this Exploration Route however please note that some of the gravel/dirt farm tracks pass through private property. While it is legal to access these areas it is important to stick to the track, leave gates as you find them and ride carefully around stock or farming operations.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. If there has been recent heavy rain then a few days should be waited before setting off. The main reason is that some of the normally small and shallow fords can become deep, rushy and potentially unfordable at times of heavy rain. Additionally, some of the gravel/dirt farm tracks through Random Spur Road will become sodden and bikes can make a mess of the property. This is not ideal for keeping the land owners happy so it is best ridden in dry conditions.
Preparation and Safety
While this is not considered a technical route it does include a few semi-remote areas so it is recommended to ride this as a group with typical adventure riding equipment including bike tools, spares and a PLB or emergency beacon.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Overview
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Leg 1 <span>(19 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (19 photos)
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Leg 2 <span>(16 photos)</span>
Leg 2 (16 photos)
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Downloads
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