12 miles
Distance
4,530 ft
Climb
-5,330 ft
Descent
2,404 ft
High Point

Aorangi Crossing Details

  • 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
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #86668 in Mountain Biking

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Aorangi Crossing bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -800 ft
  • Altitude min
    49 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
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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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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      Aorangi Crossing Trail Reports

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      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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