26 July 2021
A team of keen volunteers led by Jack Grinsted on behalf of the Permolat Trust has been working hard to rediscover the Painkiller Track in Reefton. The Ground Effect Slush Fund stumped up the $1800 required to install two culverts.
The origins of the track date back to 1872 - once a 'road' it remained largely abandoned after mining in the area ceased. In the 1970s NZ Forest Service staff reopened the track for recreational walkers and trampers. However, upkeep of the track was short-lived.
Numerous volunteer work party weekends between 2017 and 2021 have cleared vegetation off the track, and established routes around and across a deep gully and several slips. A vision to develop the track to a grade 4 mtb track standard has not yet been fully realised. As of the end of July 2021, the track was clear of trees and suitable for experienced walkers, runners and adventurous mountain bikers (you will need to carry your bike regularly).
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