Video: A Journey of Over 200km of Singletrack with 3 River Crossings in Pack Rafts

Aug 3, 2019
by Deane Parker  

Kahurangi National Park, NZ. An ancient place of rare birds, rolling alpine tussock, earthquake shattered peaks and towering podocarp forests. A place of colonialism gold fever and endeavor. A place of cascading rivers and winding singletrack... Fluid Trails

The Fluid Trails trip consisted of a 600km loop including over 200km of singletrack. it also included 3 swift and challenging rivers paddled in packrafts

Heavens Door is the top of a big climb on the first day of the Old Ghost Road
The Gouland Downs
The team; Muel, Deane, Rose
Ghost Lake Hut is a spectacular the right conditions
Ghost Lake Hut is a spectacular the right conditions

Last night chilling before the rapids of the Buller Gorge
The team carried the Alpacka packrafts on the handlebar harness

The boneyard
The Boneyard on the Old Ghost Road is a constantly eroding earthquake slip left over by the 1929 Murchison Earthquake

From the Anvil its a technical climb up onto the Skyline Ridge
Rose carried her wet-suit and extra warm gear on a rack attached to the Salsa Deadwood

The packrafts carried the mountain bikes through Class III rapids

Ariki Falls
Scouting Ariki Falls on the last night was intimidating, before packrafting the river on the last day, we didn't paddle the huge drop behind

Coastal Nikau Forest
Lush Coastal Nikau Forest on the Heaphy Track, The Salsa Mukluk fat bike fully loaded with packraft and expedition gear

Last night chilling before the rapids of the Buller Gorge
Prayer flags, loaded rigs and a woodfire bath...definitely not a sufferfest all the time

Check out more about the Fluid Trails trip on the Salsa Cycles coverage at;
Alpacka Raft’s coverage here coverage here

Deane Parker

Dylan Gerswchitz

Rose Green


Thanks to the following brands for partnering with the team to make Fluid Trails happen;
Salsa Cycles
Alpacka Raft
Aquabound Paddles
Tineli New Zealand
Cyclewerks NZ
SCV Imports
Goat Cycles Bike Shop
Absolute Wilderness
Em’s Power Cookies
Little Beauties Fruit
True Fleece Merino
Zero Bag
Track Me NZ
Packrafting Queenstown
Ultimate Descents NZ
The Old Ghost Road

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  • 4 0
 Well done! None of those tracks and rivers are easy, even without all that gear. Impressive packing skills.
  • 1 0
 Cheers, serious planning went into gear lists.
  • 1 0
 @deaneparkeradventurechannel: i can imagine. Smile What gear did you miss during the trip?
  • 1 0
 @Keepiru: I can’t think of anything major, I wouldn’t want to embark on a trip like this without hours of rechecking gear. We didn’t need any navigation aids because the country was familiar but any other trip that would be essential. I wrote an article on our gear for Aquabound paddles that will drop on their blog soon.
  • 1 0
 @Keepiru: I would have liked to shoot it with at least one Panasonic GH5 and some kind of wireless audio solution to get better audio from Deane and the others.
  • 2 0
 Rad! Definetely recognized some Heaphy Track photos on there! Awesome trail!
  • 2 0
 Old Ghost Road should be on the checker list too, have u heard about the new Paparoa Track...the Buller district is turning into backcountry riding nirvana
  • 1 0
 What even is New Zealand? Orcs, hobbits, Brook Mcdonald, great white sharks, now this. How I am even supposed to be content living anywhere else?
  • 1 0
 We have great white sharks?
  • 1 0
 @deaneparkeradventurechannel: New Zealand is recognised as one of the world’s hot spots for great white sharks.
  • 1 0
 @Pixels42: well blow me down! I didn’t know that, I reckon killer pavlova is up there
  • 2 0
 This made me happy.
  • 1 0
 Choice bro, that makes me happy ????
  • 1 0
 Looks like an epic adventure.
  • 1 0
 Very nice! Add it to my growing wish list of adventures-to-be....
  • 1 0
 This is bikerafting!
  • 1 0
 badass guys/gal. that's the shit
  • 1 0
 Does taking a pillow still qualify me as a badass?
  • 1 0
 @deaneparkeradventurechannel: Yes. Yes, it does, especially after 800k and running the rivers!!!
  • 1 0
 When I grow up I want to be as cool as you guys. What a great movie!
  • 2 0
 I’m still waiting to grow up...

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