6.2 miles
Distance
1,277 ft
Climb
-1,270 ft
Descent
1,347 ft
High Point

A great introduction to the park for everyone.

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 back to Arapuke Rd. Cross Arapuke Rd when you get to where Riff Raff starts and head into Rhythm and Vines. This trail swoops back down the hill all the way to Back track, some of the lower berms can be a bit greasy when wet so take care, once you reach Back Track turn right and roll back down to Black Bridge and the Kahuterawa Rd car park.

Detailed Description
Family Flow is a 6 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Palmerston North. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction. This route includes 49 trails. This route climbs 1,277 ft with a max elevation of 1,347 ft then descends -1,270 ft.

52 Reviews & Comments

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femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Back Track
Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Back Track
Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Back Track
Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Back Track
Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Back Track
Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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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dickersoncantride (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.
[Reply]
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dickersoncantride (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 23:02)
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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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 21:24)
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 6:09)
Trail Ice Breaker
Why is this still Jack Frost on the map??
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Ridelogs
    45
More Stats for Family Flow mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    552 ft
  • Altitude start
    552 ft
  • Altitude end
    561 ft
  • Grade max
    -61.7%
  • Grade min
    51.8%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,089 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Back Track
Jan 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
Jan 3, 2023
About Time
Jan 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
Jan 3, 2023
Zig Zag Road
Jan 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
Jan 3, 2023
Arapuke Rd
Jan 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
Jan 3, 2023
Pūpū Rahi
Nov 27, 2022 @ 1:46pm
Nov 27, 2022
Upper trail resurfaced and riding brilliantly. Lower and midsections slightly slick in rain but overall in excellent and very rideable condition.
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