Government Track Details
AKAWaipori Gorge Track
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
SeasonAny time, but gets a bit grim if very wet.
TTFs on trailOther
Land ManagerDepartment 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.
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 mountain bike trail
Altitude change-8 ft
Altitude min84 ft
Altitude max1,645 ft
Altitude start127 ft
Altitude end120 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1,401 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Government Track Trail Reports
Sep 10, 2018 @ 2:58amSep 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 @ 7:48pmJan 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 @ 11:40pmDec 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 @ 11:38pmDec 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,...|
Dec 19, 2016 @ 11:45amDec 19, 2016
|reporter Track is in pretty good nick. Some stinging nettles, and the usual trees down that need to be clambered over. Super fun though.|
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