Mt Fyffe offers the unique experience of starting at the beach and cycling to the top of a mountain. But it just may be one of the most demanding cycle climbs you do.
There are probably few places in the country, maybe the world, where you can ride from the seashore to the summit of a significant mountain over a relatively short distance.
But getting to the summit of Fyffe doesn't come easy; The 8 km climb from carpark to summit climbs a massive 1400m. Fit folks will cycle to the hut at 1100m, and a bit beyond before the track becomes too rough for traction. It's worth the push to the top as descending is good on all but some very rocky sections.
Views from the summit are spectacular in every direction, and you'll need some time to take it all in.
Take a jacket as the trip down can get chilly, but it's an easy downhill all the way back to Kaikoura.
In their book Classic New Zealand Moutain Bike Rides, the Kennett brothers said; 'Mt Fyffe is the pinnacle of hill climbing in New Zealand'. There's a challenge for you!