6.1 miles
Distance
1,137 ft
Climb
-1,130 ft
Descent
1,347 ft
High Point

A fairly similar loop to Family Flow but has a couple of different trails including some jumps.

Starting from Kahuterawa Rd car park head up the road and across Black Bridge into Back Track, climb steadily for a kilometer or so till you see the entrance to Pupu Rahi on your left, use the turn bay to make the turn easier.

Pupu Rahi climbs at a 4-5% gradient, starting in the native bush before winding through the new forest, at the top head through the culvert (big concrete pipe) to the lower trail hub. Pupu Rahi is an uphill mtb trail but is shared use so you may encounter walkers.

Straight across ZigZag road from the lower trail hub Checkpoint Charlie starts, once again climbing at a 4-5% gradient making for a pleasant ride up. Checkpoint Charlie meets up with the Start of Jack and the Beanstalk to continue the climb to the top of the park, crossing Farside Rd Jack and the Beanstalk continues to climb till you reach Arapuke Rd, there is a well positioned seat here to take a breather on before the descent begins.

Head up the hill from the seat on Arapuke Rd for 50m or so and you will see the entrance to About Time on your right, follow About Time down the valley till the bottom where it joins Ice Breaker for a short easy climb up past the dam, continue into Riff Raff and up to the Container Hub.

Straight across Arapuke Rd from the trail hub Mr Twister starts, follow the twists and turns down till you reach ZigZag Rd. Cross the road and head down Humpty Jumpty, yes it has jumps but all are table tops and are a great way to practice your jumping skills.

Humpty Jumpty ends at the lower trail hub, head back through the culvert (big concrete pipe) and turn right down Rhythm and Vines, follow to the end and then turn right on to Back Track and roll back to Black Bridge and the Kahuterawa Rd car park.

Detailed Description
Family Flight is a 6 mile less popular intermediate route located near Palmerston North. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction. This route includes 68 trails. This route climbs 1,137 ft with a max elevation of 1,347 ft then descends -1,130 ft.

54 Reviews & Comments

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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 12:05)
Rode when it was still a 3 and the middle section did surprise me. Deserved the upgrade to Grade 4.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:47)
Trail Riff Raff
Exit halfway to get to the trail intersection.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:47)
Trail Riff Raff
Exit halfway to get to the trail intersection.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:45)
Trail Ice Breaker
More fun than riding the road. Good way to loosen the limbs after climbing up.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:41)
Trail Back Track
Wide gravel trail with four (or is it five) shallow water crossings, walkers and doggos. Mostly shady. Try and avoid the native snails. Many pest traps, have encountered dead possums so watch your pup.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:41)
Trail Back Track
Wide gravel trail with four (or is it five) shallow water crossings, walkers and doggos. Mostly shady. Try and avoid the native snails. Many pest traps, have encountered dead possums so watch your pup.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:41)
Trail Back Track
Wide gravel trail with four (or is it five) shallow water crossings, walkers and doggos. Mostly shady. Try and avoid the native snails. Many pest traps, have encountered dead possums so watch your pup.
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bikerwp (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:41)
Trail Back Track
Wide gravel trail with four (or is it five) shallow water crossings, walkers and doggos. Mostly shady. Try and avoid the native snails. Many pest traps, have encountered dead possums so watch your pup.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:02)
Excellent down hill track. Flowing and smooth. Not too many jumps.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:01)
Trail Ice Breaker
Good track. Bit of a laugh.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00)
Trail Back Track
Good slog climb to the top.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00)
Trail Back Track
Good slog climb to the top.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00)
Trail Back Track
Good slog climb to the top.
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GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00)
Trail Back Track
Good slog climb to the top.
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:27)
Great up! I remember riding here back in 2002 with all the trees still up we used to push heavy as f’*k down hill bikes up and then get a punishing mid and root ride back down before our bike back to Palmy! So good to be back and be able to enjoy the up!!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:24)
Trail Zig Zag Road
11 mins up! I got a train some more!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:24)
Trail Zig Zag Road
11 mins up! I got a train some more!
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Lukelennox (Feb 13, 2019 at 21:24)
Trail Zig Zag Road
11 mins up! I got a train some more!
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:10)
Trail Mr Twister
Why is this still Jack be Nimble on the map?
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RachelJB (Jan 24, 2018 at 6:09)
Trail Ice Breaker
Why is this still Jack Frost on the map??
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
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  • Direction
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Family Flight mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    552 ft
  • Altitude start
    552 ft
  • Altitude end
    561 ft
  • Grade max
    -50.4%
  • Grade min
    41.4%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Pūpū Rahi
Jul 3, 2022 @ 6:31pm
Jul 3, 2022
Very slick with rain ruts developing, becoming more difficult
About Time
Apr 8, 2022 @ 2:51pm
Apr 8, 2022
Jack And The Beanstalk
Apr 8, 2022 @ 2:51pm
Apr 8, 2022
Humpty Jumpty
Apr 8, 2022 @ 2:51pm
Apr 8, 2022
Rhythm and Vines
Mar 25, 2022 @ 4:33pm
Mar 25, 2022
A bit slippery on first clay big bend wheels slip out and had a fall with no damage to body or bike
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