5 miles
Distance
2,243 ft
Climb
-668 ft
Descent
03:22:54
Avg time

Government Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Waipori Valley
    Mosgiel
  • AKA
    Waipori Gorge Track
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    Any time, but gets a bit grim if very wet.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Other
  • Global Ranking
    #76641 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Department of Conservation

The track entrance is 5 km down Waipori Falls Rd on
the right; parking is 100 m further on the left. Traversing the slopes of the beech-and mānuka-forested Waipori Valley south of Dunedin, the Government Track was built in the 1860s to provide access to the central goldfields. For mountain bikers there is an option of riding up and returning the same way. Alternatively, once at the top follow the pylon track left and steeply down into Waipori township, then follow the road back to the start.

Access Info

From the flood free SH1, turn onto the Henley-Berwick Road. At Berwick School turn right, then left onto Waipori Falls Road.

Shortly before you reach the first bridge across the Waipori River, you'll see a DOC sign "Government Track" on the right. There is a car park 100m further on the left if you need it.

The track starts with a short push up a steep section of switchback track. The old pack track begins to sidle along the flank of the Waipori Valley, and from here, it's an easy grade for riding. There are a few creek crossings you will have to carry your bike over and the track can be muddy at times, sometimes with stinging nettles and windfalls. When you reach the top you can choose which way you go back to the car park.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Government Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,575 ft
  • Altitude min
    63 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,647 ft
  • Altitude start
    72 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,647 ft
  • Grade
    5.957%
  • Grade max
    -45.688%
  • Grade min
    57.525%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,174 ft
  • Avg time
    03:22:54
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
      Directions to government-track trailhead (-45.928760, 170.066790)
      update trails status or condition

      Government Track Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 27, 2018 @ 10:14pm
      Dec 27, 2018
      Nov 13, 2018 @ 5:37pm
      Nov 13, 2018
      A couple of fallen trees, and is getting a bit overgrown in spots, but in surprisingly OK condition for the most part
      Sep 10, 2018 @ 2:58am
      Sep 10, 2018
      Still quite wet in places. Nettle has been chopped back, but could do with some attention soon before it gets out of hand again. Quite a bit of...
      Jan 16, 2018 @ 7:48pm
      Jan 16, 2018
      Most enjoyable 900m climb, gentle gradient. Quite a lot of fallen trees but easily passed in the main. Far too much nettle and can't be...
      Dec 2, 2017 @ 11:40pm
      Dec 2, 2017
      Track in reasonable condition, quite a bit of stinging nettle half way up and above, can’t be avoided up or down in places, bit of tree fall but...
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
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      Jan 16, 2018 @ 7:45pm
      Jan 16, 2018
      Government Track, My City
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      Government Track, My City
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      Jan 16, 2018 @ 7:45pm
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      Government Track, My City
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      Dec 3, 2017 @ 2:10pm
      Dec 3, 2017
      Government Track, My City

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag MattymonsterNZ (Dec 29, 2018 at 19:41)
       Take long pants and a slasher for the Ongaonga (stinging nettle) and a grubbed and saw for the track. Ride to the start of the trail, stash your bike and put on your hiking boots. Now enjoy the beautiful bush and bird song without the hassle of carrying your bike.

      (Bush and Birds are thoroughly worth it)
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