Meretoto / Ship Cove to Camp Bay
Distance: 26.5 km Approx Time: 5 hr Total Climb: 370m Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced / Expert
1 March to 30 November each year.
The track begins with a long steep climb out of historic Ship Cove to Tawa Saddle (a grade 5/expert section due to gradient rather than technical skills required) and then heads downhill towards Endeavour Inlet. Some riders may want to start at Resolution Bay.
A rewarding ride around the head of Endeavour Inlet, with some technical sections caused by tree roots and drop offs around Camp Bay.
As Ship Cove can only be reached by boat transport can be arranged through a range of Picton tourist operators, who can also arrange to carry your bags to your intended destination.
No camping is permitted at Ship Cove but there is a DOC campsite at Camp Bay and a private campsite at Miners at the head of Endeavour Inlet. A large range of accommodation is also available throughout Endeavour Inlet as follows – Resolution Bay Cabins, The Bluewater Lodge, Seaview Apartments, Furneaux Lodge, The Woolshed, Miner’s Farmstay & Campground, Mahana Lodge and Punga Cove Resort.
This section of track is mostly single-track, and is the most technically demanding part of the ride.
Pick up / Drop off Points
Resolution Bay Cabins, The Bluewater Lodge, Seaview Apartments, Furneaux Lodge, The Woolshed, Miner’s Farmstay & Campground, Punga Cove Resort, Mahana Lodge
Schoolhouse Bay campsite (DOC), Miners Farmstay & Campground, Camp Bay campsite (DOC)