2.6 miles
Distance
874 ft
Climb
-572 ft
Descent
00:12:56
Avg time

Karapoti Gorge Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Oct - Apr
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking

This is the start of the epic Karapoti Classic and the more modest Karapoti Challenge. The trail is an old logging trail used in the late 1800's.

The surface is rough with lots of sharps rocks. Make you to bring a pump and check your tyre pressure.

In winter it is cold. Not much sunlight makes it in to the gorge during winter but a lot of water does. You are most likely to get wet any time you ride this trail but in winter should should bring some additional clothes.

Access Info

Access to Karapoti Gorge is from Karapoti Road off Akatarawa road. Turn off SH2 at Brown Owl on to Akatarawa Road and drive until you find Karapoti Road on your left (past the cemetery).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Karapoti Gorge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    301 ft
  • Altitude min
    420 ft
  • Altitude max
    764 ft
  • Altitude start
    435 ft
  • Altitude end
    736 ft
  • Grade
    2.184%
  • Grade max
    -83.509%
  • Grade min
    55.808%
  • Distance climb
    1.5 miles
  • Distance down
    4,604 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,075 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:56
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on Oct 14, 2016
Wet
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Karapoti Gorge Trail Reports

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Oct 14, 2016 @ 9:43pm
Oct 14, 2016
Lots of water but track is made for it so no mud. Was a lot colder in the gorge.
Oct 14, 2016 @ 9:42pm
Oct 14, 2016
Lots of water but track in good condition so no mud.
Aug 1, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Aug 1, 2015
Road the gorge last Saturday (30th of July). Very wet but otherwise fine. Be aware that Woolshed Road is closed due to logging at the moment if...
Feb 1, 2015 @ 12:13am
Feb 1, 2015
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Routes with this trail

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Karapoti Classic race
23.8 miles
Karapoti challenge
7.9 miles
Canons Point to McGhies and back from Trentham
29.3 miles

1 Review & Comments

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flag andy766c (Aug 3, 2015 at 19:34)
 Road the gorge last Saturday (30th of July). Very wet but otherwise fine. Be aware that Woolshed Road is closed due to logging at the moment if you are planning on a loop ride.
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