6.3 miles
Distance
1,395 ft
Climb
-1,385 ft
Descent
1,208 ft
High Point

The Great 8 of Belmont. Loosely following a figure 8 in appearance, this route takes in both Bull Run and Borderline.

Bull Run is grade 3 and Borderline is a grade 4.

Detailed Description
Belmont Great 8 is a 6 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Lower Hutt. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 22 trails. This route climbs 1,395 ft with a max elevation of 1,208 ft then descends -1,385 ft.
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49 Reviews & Comments

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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
[Reply]
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
[Reply]
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
[Reply]
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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simon-ob MPS (Dec 29, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail 4 Degrees
Bench width, surface roughness, plus some sustained steep sections make it more like a grade 3. Not at all hard, but compared to the climb on the other side of the hill which is a genuine grade 2.
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deester84 (Jan 17, 2022 at 0:21)
Trail Bull Run
Agree with above - higher end of grade 3 - great fun and always kept you on your toes. Very thin trail. Rode it completely dry but could be very different in the wet.
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deester84 (Jan 17, 2022 at 0:14)
Trail Borderline
Superb descent from Old Coach Road. A lesson in keeping off the brakes. Great rocky chutes and pretty steep in parts but all excellent entertainment!
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jamesarobertson (Jan 5, 2022 at 21:04)
Trail Bull Run
Agree this is a pretty challenging grade 3 to ride at speed. Maybe grade 4.
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:37)
Trail Bull Run
Best blue trail in Belmont. Surprisingly challenging single track mostly under cover with a mixture of berms, descending corners, mini-steeps and techy sections. Probably at the harder end of a grade three, particularly in the wet. There is a helpful sign in a particularly slippery area warning riders but it is no different from conditions at Waiu or Tunnel Gully. Midway there is a hard and easy branch but the hard doesn’t seem too much different in terms of difficulty.
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:18)
Trail Bull-A-Varde
Unremarkable single track connector trail from Old Coach Road to Bull Run and Sweetacres - with the exception of the super fun climbing switchbacks at the very start.
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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deskpop (Sep 1, 2021 at 3:15)
Trail 4 Degrees
Pleasant climb, mostly under bush cover, with the odd (very easy) rocky / techy bits to keep things mildly interesting. As the trail weathers and more rocks are exposed, it pushes the trail to the harder end of a green. Most riders will ride it with their eyes closed but kids or new riders may find some sections a bit tricky.

Vastly preferable to the horrible slog up the 4x4 track.
[Reply]
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lo-pan (Apr 25, 2021 at 19:30)
Trail Bull Run
Felt like a hard grade 3. Tougher, tighter and more serious than Electric Avenue on the other side.
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
[Reply]
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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Dancoop (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:55)
Trail 4 Degrees
Good climb, tracks down from the top are good
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rando505 (Mar 12, 2020 at 0:13)
Trail Bull Run
Favourite trail for a nice, easy loop.
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Themadshamma (Jul 26, 2018 at 21:06)
Trail Borderline
Much more gnarlier than Weta
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
[Reply]
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chickenlittleNZ (Apr 23, 2017 at 2:32)
Trail 4 Degrees
This is a two way track which also is used by walkers, so shouldn't be used to PR while downhill, due to safety to walkers and uphill cyclist.However a great extended continuous climb from Stratton street to Old Coach road so you can thrash one of the designated downhill track to the bottom again.
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nikholden BAMBA (Oct 7, 2015 at 19:58)
The Hill Road to Old Coach Road section is closed due to lambing. It should be open again from 23rd October.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    94
More Stats for Belmont Great 8 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    510 ft
  • Altitude start
    510 ft
  • Altitude end
    518 ft
  • Grade max
    -49.8%
  • Grade min
    56.7%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,140 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Old Coach Road
Jan 8, 2023 @ 4:45am
Jan 8, 2023
Some puddles, but mostly great overall
Hill Road
Jan 6, 2023 @ 8:29pm
Jan 6, 2023
Wet, but it’s pretty much a sealed road so all good.
Bull Run
Dec 30, 2022 @ 7:03pm
Dec 30, 2022
Very overgrown, not worth riding till its cleared out
Borderline
Dec 29, 2022 @ 2:48pm
Dec 29, 2022
A bit overgrown in places but nice and dry.
4 Degrees
Dec 29, 2022 @ 1:24pm
Dec 29, 2022
A bit of moisture in the valleys and under the trees but generally drying out. Surface continues to rough up in places. Similar feel to Salvation.
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