5 miles
2,282 ft
-2,281 ft
968 ft
High Point

This loop starts and finishes at the main car park on South Karori Road. It climbs at a steady gradient via Koru and Sally Alley to roughly half way up the peak, before traversing across on Three Brothers.

From the end of Three Brothers you get to descend back to the car park on the fast, smooth and flowy JFK, Smokin, a short flat section of Ridgeline Extension, Big Tom's Wheelie and then finally Lazy Fern.

These are all intermediate grade tracks that are mostly under the trees and offer protection and shelter from the sun, wind or rain. This loops is a good option in the unlikely event that the weather's really bad, you don't feel like going all the way to the summit, or if you are short on time.

There are a variety of alternative tracks that can be used as part of the descent all of which are a harder grade than the tracks recommended, including Ridgeline Extension, SWIGG and Starfish instead of Lazy Fern or Magic Carpet and Live Wires depending on skill level and tastes.

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  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for Makara Peak Lower Peak Intermediate Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    393 ft
  • Altitude start
    436 ft
  • Altitude end
    438 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,589 ft
Avg: 4 (3 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Northface Trail & JFK Trail, Makara Peak,...
Northface Trail & JFK Trail, Makara Peak, Wellington, NZ
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Mar 19, 2018
Last half of Sally Allley
Last half of Sally Allley
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Jun 5, 2016
first dry weekend!

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Ridgeline Extension
Jun 17, 2018 @ 4:31pm
2 days
The new section is very muddy. Best to avoid for a few days after rain and ride the old line reporter
Big Toms Wheelie
Jun 16, 2018 @ 3:06pm
Jun 16, 2018
Jun 15, 2018 @ 11:43pm
Jun 15, 2018
Getting a bit muddy
Sally Alley
Jun 15, 2018 @ 4:39pm
Jun 15, 2018
Three Brothers (Part 3)
Jun 15, 2018 @ 4:39pm
Jun 15, 2018
more reports »
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