5.3 miles
799 ft
-1,259 ft
1,205 ft
High Point

This is a figure 8 loop of 2 BAMBA built tracks in Belmont Regional park.

To start the loop either get dropped at the end of Normandale Road/start of Old Coach Road or park at the bottom of Stratton street and ride up Stratton St, Cottle Park Dr, Normaldale road to the start of Old Coach road.

Once on Old coach road ride until you come to a gate with a open log barrier on your right. Immediately after the gate on the left is the start of Borderline.

Continue past Borderline for about 1km until you see the start of Bull-A-Varde on your right. Follow the switchbacks up Bull-A-Varde until a trail drops to the left. This is the start of Bull Run.

At the bottom of Bull Run follow the unsealed Hill Road up past the farm house. Approximately 500m past the farm house is a gate on your left hand side and large trees on your right. This is the Old Coach Road connector track. Be sure to close any gates you open

Continue along until you connect with Old Coach Road again and keep riding until to reach the start of Borderline.

Borderline will take you to the bottom of Stratton St to the car park.

Detailed Description
Bull Run-Bordeline Fig 8 loop is a 5 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 10 trails. This route climbs 799 ft with a max elevation of 1,205 ft then descends -1,259 ft.
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8 Reviews & Comments

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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.
  • + 3
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!
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • - 1
rando505 (Mar 12, 2020 at 0:13)
Trail Bull Run
Favourite trail for a nice, easy loop.
  • + 1
Themadshamma (Jul 26, 2018 at 21:06)
Trail Borderline
Much more gnarlier than Weta

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More Stats for Bull Run-Bordeline Fig 8 loop mountain bike route
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    542 ft
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    541 ft
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    3 miles
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    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Feb 6, 2023 @ 11:02am
1 day
Has been given a haircut
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
Jan 18, 2022 @ 9:37pm
Jan 18, 2022
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