5 miles
2,243 ft
-668 ft
Avg time

Government Track Details

  • Riding Area
  • AKA
    Waipori Gorge Track
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • 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.
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
  • 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,174 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 13, 2018
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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Government Track Trail Reports

Nov 13, 2018 @ 5:37pm
3 days
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...
Dec 2, 2017 @ 11:38pm
Dec 2, 2017
Track in reasonable condition, watch for stinging nettle from about halfway up, can’t be avoided in places, bit of dead fall, tracks round,...
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Jan 16, 2018
Government Track, My City
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Dec 3, 2017 @ 2:10pm
Dec 3, 2017
Government Track, My City

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