12 miles
Distance
4,530 ft
Climb
-5,330 ft
Descent
02:08:19
Avg time

Aorangi Crossing Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Wairarapa
    Blue Mountains
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #86668 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Either make this into an epic cycle tour/bike packing loop from Martinborough, or organise a drop off and pick up. The track is almost all 4WD track through the forest park. There's some super steep hills to climb, and at the far end the Putangirua Pinnacles to admire. The Kennett Brothers refer to this as "a classic from way back".

From Haurangi Road to Sutherland Hut the trail is Intermediate and not too difficult, from there some of the steepest climbing you will ever witness on a bike

Access Info

From Martinborough head south west on Jellicoe St and turn left onto White Rock Rd after 2km's. Take the right onto Ruakokoputuna Rd and follow it through Ruakokoputuna for about 25-30km's to the small car parking area with the Sutherland Track and Haurangi Forest Park signs.

More Stats for Aorangi Crossing bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -800 ft
  • Altitude min
    49 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,404 ft
  • Altitude start
    848 ft
  • Altitude end
    49 ft
  • Grade
    -1.225%
  • Grade max
    -62.612%
  • Grade min
    68.484%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,024 ft
  • Avg time
    02:08:19
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Aorangi Crossing Trail Reports

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      Jan 26, 2019 @ 4:42pm
      Jan 26, 2019
      One word for this track would be “brutal”. Very steep up hills, with equally as steep descents, than back up you go for another! I went up...
      Feb 6, 2018 @ 1:10am
      Feb 6, 2018
      Trail is clear but crosses a number of rivers that would be difficult to pass in wet or after wet conditions. Ridden in reverse direction starting...
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