Triple Valley Challenge

Route Overview

General Overview
The Triple Valley Challenge has been designed for the serious adventure rider looking for the ultimate High Country valley route. It offers three days of exceptional High Country riding terrain that will have any keen adventure rider fizzing.

The name Triple Valley Challenge is based on the route covering three High Country valleys plus the riding in the upper stretches of each valley can be quite challenging.

The vistas throughout the route are nothing short of spectacular offering brilliant photo opportunities at every turn. This is New Zealand High Country adventure riding at its best.

This route is ideally suited to lightweight adventure bikes however skilled big bike riders will be able to ride this route if they willing to put in the effort of wrestling a big bike over rocky terrain.
Terrain includes
The start and tail end of this route include Tarmac and Grade 1 gravel roads however the majority of this route is Grade 3 and Grade 4 with some sections of Grade 5.

There are many sections of well-formed, fast flowing 4X4 tracks that are a blast to ride. The 4X4 tracks have many sections that are regularly washed out by floods leaving stoney or bouldery riverbed and gravel scree terrain. This will test your rock riding skills and your ability to pick good lines through boulder fields.

Throughout the route there are multiple stream crossings and approximately half a dozen medium to large river crossings. One of the rivers to cross is bouldery and will require good river crossing skills.
249 km.
Max Fuel Leg
249 km.
Ride Time
This route has been designed to ride over three days. This provides a full day of riding each day plus sufficient time to set up camp and enjoy the High Country experience at the end of each day.
The two nights of accommodation can either be spent in High Country huts or camping.
Access Permission
This route passes through a small section of a private High Country station and requires permission. Permission is readily granted with advance notice. The contact information and the best process to seek permission is provided in the details of Leg 1.
Access Limitations
While each season will vary, generally the best times to ride this Exploration Route is the months of February, March, April and May. Late summer and through Autumn offer the lowest river levels and the best chance for successful crossings.

Spring and early summer will see high levels of snowmelt that raise the rivers to dangerous and impassable levels.

Mid-winter to late winter will often bring regular rain and snowfall making the rivers impassable and often seeing the valley floors blanketed with snow.
Preparation and Safety
THIS IS NOT AN EASY ROUTE! This route is not intended for new or inexperienced riders. It is only suited to riders with very good riding skills who have well setup bikes for technical adventure riding, a comprehensive toolkit and spares, good general mechanical knowledge to repair bikes on the trail, the ability to undrown bikes, quality low temperature camping gear, first aid kit, an emergency beacon or rider tracking device and a sound understanding of the risks that come with entering remote High Country areas. While it is possible for skilled riders to ride this route solo, it is recommended to ride this route in a group for safety.

Temperatures will vary based on the season you ride this route. Late summer temperatures will often be mild while it is common for overnight temperatures in winter to be -5 degrees Celsius and lower. Unscheduled storms and poor weather can hit the High Country in ANY season bringing rain and snow. This can trap you up river valleys so carrying surplus food for three additional days is essential to allow high river levels recede before you can return. Planning around good weather is essential for success and safety.

While this route does pass a number of huts that can be used for accommodation, in the case they are full (or you choose to camp) you need to carry quality camping gear able to withstand temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

While the route is only 249 km the majority is slow going technical terrain and results in heavy fuel consumption. On my KTM500 and DRZ400 I use around 20 litres to ride this route. Depending on your bike and riding style it is recommended to take at least 20 litres of fuel for most single cylinder adventure bikes and proportionally more fuel for larger adventure bikes.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Leg 1 <span>(22 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (22 photos)
Leg 2 <span>(29 photos)</span>
Leg 2 (29 photos)
Leg 3 <span>(8 photos)</span>
Leg 3 (8 photos)

Riders that have completed this Exploration Route