8.3 miles
2,075 ft
-2,115 ft
1,121 ft
High Point

Big tracks at Waiu for half a day.

Detailed Description
Big ride at Waiu is a 8 mile less popular easy route located near Lower Hutt. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 2,075 ft with a max elevation of 1,121 ft then descends -2,115 ft.
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13 Reviews & Comments

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deester84 (Oct 29, 2021 at 20:32)
Trail Snail Trail
Despite the intermediate grade this trail is a great laugh and would be a good way for beginner riders to progress onto something a bit rougher. Some easier rock and root sections but all with good grip in muddy conditions.
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deester84 (Oct 29, 2021 at 20:32)
Trail Snail Trail
Despite the intermediate grade this trail is a great laugh and would be a good way for beginner riders to progress onto something a bit rougher. Some easier rock and root sections but all with good grip in muddy conditions.
  • + 1
deester84 (Oct 29, 2021 at 20:22)
Trail Freewheel
Superb trail with excellent views out across the bay. Switchbacks, ramps, drops and rocky sections - fantastic fun and one of the best trails in the Wellington area.
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Rsrider (Feb 28, 2021 at 16:19)
Trail Labyrinth
Although it is only an "intermediate' trail and could easily be traversed by a beginner rider, it is also extremely fun for more experienced riders to barrel down at high speed. Nice corners, some small jumps if taken quick enough. Tightish banked turns. A good track to take every now and again if 491, Freewheel etc are getting stale.
  • + 1
CharlieRuck (Jan 22, 2021 at 18:26)
Trail McMillan
Very rooty, and quite steep in some places. Do-able as an advanced rider but you may want to have a walk down first as some parts require focus.
  • + 1
NickMcB (Nov 21, 2020 at 21:26)
Trail Labyrinth
The uphill portion has a lot of very tight switchbacks and will get the heart rate racing. The downhill is a very well designed but the surface suffers in the wet forest. At the harder end for an intermediate trail.
  • + 1
Rsrider (May 20, 2020 at 1:03)
Trail Freewheel
Great track with nice technical turns and a couple of drops as well. Can get some good speed up along the cliff side as well.
  • + 2
NickMcB (Jan 28, 2020 at 0:14)
Trail Jungle Gym
Not a difficult track, but tight switchbacks and roots in places make this an Intermediate (blue) not an Easy (green) trail.
  • + 0
IvanBoi (Jan 5, 2020 at 17:58)
Trail Banker
Anyone just learning how to bank boulder find this track pleasing. But at the final corner, take care as there is a ditch which I have seen a few people fall into.
  • - 1
sminchnz (Jun 15, 2019 at 21:30)
Trail Jungle Gym
Total bog
  • + 0
Mitchell124 (Jun 9, 2019 at 18:28)
Great views at the top after a long bike up, blind corners are sketchy because there are a lot of walkers about, the ground can be very muddy and very slippery so try not to ride the trail in the wet
  • + 0
Mitchell124 (Jun 9, 2019 at 18:24)
Trail Freewheel
Extremely fun trail nice rock gardens and built features
Sharp turns and fast, flowy parts are amazing
  • + 1
chickenlittleNZ (Apr 19, 2017 at 22:20)
This is a nice gentle access track to ECNZ Pylon Track, Average Gradient of 6%. Alot of Walkers/Runners use this track, so care has to be taken on blind corners. The clay under gravel surface does hold water, and can stay muddy/sticky in the shaded/bush areas. thankfully due to the west facing hillside it dries out as quick as is possible,when there is fine weather.


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More Stats for Big ride at Waiu mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -40 ft
  • Altitude min
    29 ft
  • Altitude start
    69 ft
  • Altitude end
    30 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,583 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sep 16, 2022 @ 7:44pm
Sep 16, 2022
Same old annoying ruts but surface is in good condition
Aug 26, 2022 @ 8:50pm
Aug 26, 2022
Slippery, hold on tight when you hit the roots
Te Whiti Riser
Aug 26, 2022 @ 8:50pm
Aug 26, 2022
Still pretty wet and muddy
ECNZ Pylon track (South section)
Aug 13, 2022 @ 9:56pm
Aug 13, 2022
Wet and muddy patches but not bad considering the wet winter we've had.
Snail Trail
May 28, 2022 @ 5:04pm
May 28, 2022
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