Nevis Road, Garston

Welcome Rock is a stunning private, single track trail on a high country station, created for cross country mountain biking and hiking.

We are a fourth generation farming family who have owned Blackmore Station since 1911. In 2012, we conceived the concept of a hand built trail system through the Station following the old gold miner’s water races - channels cut across a hillside to bring water from streams to places where gold was mined. Building 21km of the 27km trail by hand with pick and shovel, Welcome Rock Trails was born.

Suitable for self-guided walkers, runners, mountain bikers and all types of adventure seekers, our trail gets you off of the beaten track and away from the crowds. We also offer full-day or multi-day guided walking or biking trips and a guided 4-wheel drive trip. These trips are a guaranteed fun day out!

While you can visit the trail for a day trip, you are also able to overnight in one of our four excellent back country accommodation options; turning your journey into a multi-day adventure. The Mud Hut was originally built by the Chinese during the construction of the water race in the 1890's. It was reconstructed in 1990 and is a truly unique place to spend the night while you're out on the trail. The Slate Hut is perched on the ridge line at 1000m above sea level. It enjoys the greatest amount of sunshine hours on the trail and has spectacular, expansive views. The Red Shed is a picturesque studio room in a converted part of an old wool shed, located on the farm near the homestead. The original Farmhouse is also available for bookings, with three private rooms (which can be hired separately or together for groups), a comfortable lounge and a large communal kitchen.

Please Note: Prior payment and booking online is required before embarking on your journey on the trail.

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Last modified
Thu 26 Mar 2020
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