Northern Farms

Review Date: April 2012 Updated on:


6.8 stars Good
  • Value for money: 10.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 6.0
  • Range of Trails: 5.0
  • Route Markings: 6.0

Riding Experience


7.8 stars Good
  • Accessiblity: 10.0
  • Secure Parking: 8.0
  • Attractions in the area: 6.0
  • Child Friendly: 7.0

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If we had to choose one word to describe Northern Farm, it would be “friendly”, and the attendance numbers speak for themselves.

The whole place is friendly, getting there, the parking, the trails, the gradients, the technicality of the trails, the scenery, everything.

Northern Farm, which is actually a working farm, is where you should take every first time mountain biker because its friendly, and they cant help but enjoy the experience of being on a mountain bike, close to town, in a beautiful setting with fresh air and friendly people.

I have seen first timers get back to the car park at some other parks and vow, while wiping the blood off their legs, to never ride an MTB again, and it puts people off. Bring them to Northern Farm.

However, if you are a racing snake or keen for a rip with your mates, you can still enjoy the park. They have enough trail for a fast paced training session and if you want to be that rad dude, try pushing up the speed on the singletrack and see just how quick you can corner. It’s a good way to test you and your bike and you will be faster for it

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Test Crew Wisdom

Help people get into mountain biking by bringing them to a place like this. We see lots of folks getting scared off the first time the try mountain biking because some skill guru takes them on his favourite trail and they fall or get so tired they walk home. If your friends and family get excited to ride, it gives you more chance to ride. Do the math!!



  • Fun trail to ride for all abilities except the real hard-core guys
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Cheap
  • Relatively safe environment


  • Trail marking can be hard to read at speed
  • Could do with more technical variety
  • Not the place to do your 80km training ride

What's on offer

  • 3 trails. 12km, 20km, 30km
  • Coffee shop
  • Toilets
  • Nice wilderness walking trails for families
  • Bike wash