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      Overlooking the Wellington suburb of Karori is Makara Peak and surrounding it is a mountain bike park of international reputation. Since 1998 this park has been developed by a group of enthusiastic supporters building tracks, planting native trees and eradicating destructive pests.

      Since 1998 volunteers have built over 40 kilometres of track, in a variety of degrees of difficulty that both encourage beginners and challenge specialists. The volunteers have dug, shifted and compacted soil, chipped out rock, cut back branches, built retaining walls and small bridges and dug drainage channels. All tracks have been built with the approval of the Wellington City Council and in compliance with the Resource Management Act. They have been designed and built with permanence and future maintenance in mind, all the time taking care to ensure minimal damage to the surrounding native bush.

      A key objective of the Supporters group is to assist in the reforestation of the bush, by planting a native tree for every metre of track developed. To date over 38,000 trees have been planted and two prestigious conservation awards received. There has also been considerable effort to control possums and other pests which continue to destroy newly planted trees and the existing native bush.

      As a public park owned by the Wellington City Council it is used regularly by thousands of mountain bike riders and walkers. From WCC surveys it is estimated that there are around 100,000 visits each year and a recent survey showed that 11% of Wellingtonians had used the Park at least once in the past 12 months. The Supporters group is made up of local residents, mountain bikers and conservationists – ordinary people who enjoy the outdoors and want to give something back to their environment. Between 12 and 25 enthusiastic volunteers attend fortnightly work parties developing and maintaining it – more are welcome!

      Since the beginning of the project when the land was just a rundown gorse-covered farm, a key objective of the Supporters has been to encourage a greater number of young and novice riders to venture into the Park to enjoy its thrills and scenic views whilst gaining fitness and mountain biking skills. For this the Park received the 2003 Wellington City Community Award for Sport and Leisure. There would be few recreational facilities which have been developed mainly through volunteer efforts that would come close to having the level of popularity in Wellington that Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park has.

      If you would like to join the Supporters you can sign up online or post us a cheque:
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      AKA: Makara Peak
      Makara Peak car park google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Several entry points:

      - Main car park: from the end of Karori Road, turn left on to South Karori Road and drive 750 meters to the Makara Peak car park. Overflow parking available 250m further down Sth Karori Rd.

      - Head to the end of St Albans Ave. Start of Snake Charmer 4WD takes you up to Rimu or carry on to Big Tom's Wheelie. Small map and information board located here.

      - At the saddle of Makara Rd, park up either on the left or right hand side of the road. Head up sealed gated road on the southern side to the start of Varley's. Small map and information board located here.
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      Open on 3 days


      Avg Trail Rating
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      Total Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      17,532 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,319 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,012 ft
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      Recent Comments

      user #373374MorialtaMatttrailYeah GnarSick trail. Gnarly for sure! Don't ride it if...
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      user #1519962HugodubleureportPossum Bait LineToo right!
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      user #1439788Standog1174reportPossum Bait LineLeave the shitty track for the possums to devour.
      Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:57am
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      user #1519940ArchieRiley62reportPossum Bait Line100% agree, they should burn that shitty track
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