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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS South Island tracks map Little Omarama Saddle – East Manuherikia Track

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  • #12384
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The track that takes you over the Little Omarama Saddle is actually called East Manuherikia Track. The North End of the track is South of Omarama and
    [See the full post and comment at: Little Omarama Saddle – East Manuherikia Track]

    #15136
    live
    Participant
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    Hi this ride info from one of our adventure riders regarding river level. note this was for the west rack.
    “Pick your timing, did it this weekend and the water was high and swift. My shorter friends had to walk their bikes over to not get pushed over (after their bikes took a drink) . West track.”

    These links are for river levels in the general area the are a wee way down stream but should give a good indication of river levels
    http://water.orc.govt.nz/WaterInfo/Site.aspx?s=ManuherikiaOphir
    Or for indication in the area.
    http://water.orc.govt.nz/WaterInfo/Site.aspx?s=Beattie

    On the day of the ride report the Manuherikia-Ophir was between 30 and 34 cumecs.
    The Flow at Dunstan Creek at Beattie Road was between 5.5 & 6.5 cumecs.

    #28736
    Kiwiscoot
    Participant
    • Bike: Royal Enfield Himalayan
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    The road where the east and the west Manuherikia tracts split is not very well defined coming from the south (St Bathans) side. I did it on the 28/12/2018 and ended up on the west Manuherikia track. Was hard yakka (for me with my limited offroad experience on a stock Royal Enfield Himalayan) as the track is quite rough and thru the creek crossings as the there are big rocks with limited traction. Awesome ride tho. Unfortunately I did not get a GPS point of where the tracks split. A GPS point would be very useful.

    #35656
    kieran_meikle
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Hi how far is this track one way?

    #35660
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    @kieran_meikle said:
    Hi how far is this track one way?

    The graph above indicates it’s about 55km.

    #35787
    Steve Chung
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Newbie Question here: Is the route sign posted along the way so you dont deviate and end up going around in big circles? Or would GPS be highly recommended so you dont stray off the main track?

    #35792
    Kiwiscoot
    Participant
    • Bike: Royal Enfield Himalayan
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    I would suggest you download the GPX file to a GPS app on your phone at least as the branch off to the west Manuherikia is not sign posted at all. The west is a difficult track not to do on your own. I continued on the track and ended up on the west Manuherikia (wanted to do the east one), fell and had to finish it with a dislocated AC joint in my shoulder. Difficult deep river fords with big boulders, even dropped the bike in the middle of one crossing but fortunately did not drown the bike.

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