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      The home of the famous Karapoti Classic

      Mainly 4x4 forestry track. Shared with walkers and motobikes.

      The Akatarawa forest park is large expanse of forest covering the hills between the Kapiti coast and the Hutt Valley. It is recommended that if you are venturing deep in to the forest on bike that you take the relevant topo map (or similar) with you.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Regional Recreation Area
      Karapoti Gorge Car Park google parking directions
      Access Info:
      There are many entrances to Akatarawa Forest. The official entry is off Karapoti road. Turn off SH2 at Akatarawa Road and keep driving past the cemetery until you come to Karapoti Road on your left. Drive to the car park at the end of Karapoti road.

      Another entrance is from Totara Park over Cannons point. This is an active logging operation though.

      Other entrances are at the end of Bulls Run road, off Moonshine Road, Battle Hill near Pauatahanui and Mangakotukutuku on the Kapiti Cost side.
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      Region Details
      • 13
      • 1
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of May 1, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

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      Trails (view details)
      14
      Trails Mountain Bike
      14
      Trails Hike
      14
      Trails Trail Running
      14
      Total Distance
      28 miles
      Total Descent
      6,141 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,436 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,857 ft
      Reports
      55
      Photos
      7
      Ridden Counter
      2,241

      Photos of Akatarawa Forest Park (Upper Hutt) Mountain Bike

      trail: Dopers
      48 |
      Jul 30, 2021 @ 9:46pm
      Jul 30, 2021
      report
      trail: McGhies
      69 |
      Jul 17, 2020 @ 9:23pm
      Jul 17, 2020
      trail: Woolshed Road
      52 |
      Mar 27, 2020 @ 2:00am
      Mar 27, 2020
      trail: Woolshed Road
      71 |
      Mar 27, 2020 @ 2:00am
      Mar 27, 2020
      report
      12 |
      Apr 4, 2019 @ 9:25pm
      Apr 4, 2019
      trail: Pram Track
      142 |
      Mar 10, 2018 @ 1:45pm
      Mar 10, 2018
      trail: Pram Track
      122 |
      Mar 10, 2018 @ 1:45pm
      Mar 10, 2018

      Videos of Akatarawa Forest Park (Upper Hutt) Mountain Bike

      Getting sketchy on the rock garden
      0:41 | 652 | May 7, 2014
      2013 Karapoti Classic - Down the Rock Garden
      5:47 | 1147 | Oct 8, 2018 , Upper Hutt
      Karapoti - Rock Garden
      1:21 | 954 | Oct 2, 2018 , Upper Hutt
      Devils Staircase.mov
      3:47 | 1036 | Oct 2, 2018 , Upper Hutt

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2559704JordanZOPXMpriddentrailWarm up Climb and 2 more
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 5:54pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      user #2931620efilhowishlistrouteKarapoti Classic
      May 15, 2022 @ 7:31pm
      May 15, 2022
      user #902514trailforksaddreportKarapoti Gorge and 7 more
      May 1, 2022 @ 12:00am
      May 1, 2022
      user #2665147CharlieCollyaddreportMcGhies and 2 more
      Apr 30, 2022 @ 8:45pm
      Apr 30, 2022
      user #993536wideopennewzealandaddreportMcGhies
      Apr 17, 2022 @ 10:03pm
      Apr 17, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #1643213VenronuxtrailValley View Rd from McGhies to Airstrip DrLong sections of crushed stone metal make this...
      Dec 28, 2021 @ 1:05am
      Dec 28, 2021
      user #1057795andy766ctrailKarapoti GorgeRoad the gorge last Saturday (30th of July)....
      Aug 3, 2015 @ 7:34pm
      Aug 3, 2015

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Totara Park 3 41.5 km
      Tunnel Gully (Pakuratahi Forest) 8 14 14.1 km
      Kaitoke Regional Park 2 24.6 km
      Akatarawa Forest Park (Kapiti Coast) 3 1 46.1 km
      Battle Hill6.2 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1428 miles6,142 ft11 miles1,437 ft
      #6,187#1557553721
      Hike1428 miles6,142 ft11 miles1,437 ft
      #5,328#137547
      Trail Running1428 miles6,142 ft11 miles1,437 ft
      #5,336#137543
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