7.9 miles
Distance
1,576 ft
Climb
-1,577 ft
Descent
1,209 ft
High Point

A figure 8 loop incorporating Bull-A-Varde, Bull Run and Borderline. Borderline is more of a grade 4 trail.

Drive to the very end of Stratton St and park your car. Ride back up Stratton St, turn left on to Cottle Park Dr, left at Normandale Rd and left again where Normandale Rd meets Sweetaches Dr.

At the ending the start of OCR. Ride along OCR until you get to a farm gate. Bull-A-Varde ( the link trail for Bull Run) begins approximately 200 meters further on.

At the bottom of Bull Run turn up Hill Rd. Continue past the farm house. At the first WWII past the farm house take the first farm gate on the left that leads on to a grass farm track. Continue along this track until you reach a ridge.

The ridge has 4 exits - east up along the ridge, west up along the ridge, south down and south east along the farm track. Continue along the farm track. At the farm gate, continue along the farm track past the entrance to Bull-A-Varde and back to the first farm gate to came to. Borderline begins at this first farm gate.

Detailed Description
Bull to Border Fig 8 is a 8 mile 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 6 trails. This route climbs 1,576 ft with a max elevation of 1,209 ft then descends -1,577 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.
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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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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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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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
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  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Bull to Border Fig 8 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    386 ft
  • Altitude start
    504 ft
  • Altitude end
    505 ft
  • Grade max
    -55%
  • Grade min
    41.6%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,304 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

statustraildateconditiondescription
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.
Bull-A-Varde
Jan 18, 2022 @ 9:37pm
Jan 18, 2022
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