3.3 miles
Distance
663 ft
Climb
-651 ft
Descent
1,122 ft
High Point

A intermediate loop from the mapboard at the Pukeatau Bridge. Climb Labyrinth, ride the full length of Towai Traverse, turn left and head up the ECNZ track to Freewheel, climb to the trig and then enjoy freewheeling all the back to the start point.

Detailed Description
Freewheel Loop from Pukeatua Bridge is a 3 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 6 trails. This route climbs 663 ft with a max elevation of 1,122 ft then descends -651 ft.
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14 Reviews & Comments

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donalduck (Jan 14, 2022 at 16:31)
Add my 2 cents to the grading debate. G4 south of Pavlova junction, G3 north of it. I guess you have to rate a trail to the highest grade on it so G4 overall.
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deester84 (Oct 29, 2021 at 20:41)
Quite a tough trail if heading up towards Freewheel. Lots of pinchy technical climbs. Was always aware of the drops off the side of the trail if you lost your balance which was quite often in my case.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SalamandrD WTP (Jun 28, 2020 at 20:48)
This is rated a grade 4 not just for the surface and tight corners. Grading is also about consequences of an accident on the track, and the track width/sight lines. This is certainly not an intermediate trail (although not a hard Grade 4), so the sign may need to be changed to reflect that fact. We'll look into that next time we can.
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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.
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Rsrider (May 16, 2020 at 1:09)
Disagree with below comment. Yes there is a couple of root obstacles along the track but they are definitely able to be navigated with practice. I have only been riding for 5 months and can do.this track without hopping off bike.
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NickMcB (Jan 28, 2020 at 0:19)
The Wainui map board rates this as Intermediate, but very few riders could do the entire track without walking or stopping for at least some of it so it is definitely Advanced. This is because it is very tight with a number of very tricky root obstacles. Trials skills would not hurt!
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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
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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 Freewheel Loop from Pukeatua Bridge mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    633 ft
  • Altitude start
    633 ft
  • Altitude end
    646 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -40.8%
  • Grade min
    35%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    3,346 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Freewheel
Jul 24, 2022 @ 1:32am
Jul 24, 2022
in pretty good condition but wet in places
Labyrinth
May 28, 2022 @ 5:04pm
May 28, 2022
Towai Traverse
May 21, 2022 @ 5:40pm
May 21, 2022
ECNZ Pylon track (South section)
Aug 21, 2020 @ 3:01pm
Aug 21, 2020
Wet in patches, but generally good
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