3 miles
Distance
874 ft
Climb
-572 ft
Descent
00:14:35
Avg time

Karapoti Gorge Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Oct - Apr
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #32128 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is the start of the epic Karapoti Classic and the more modest Karapoti Challenge. The trail is an old logging trail used in the late 1800's.

The surface is rough with lots of sharps rocks. Make you to bring a pump and check your tyre pressure.

In winter it is cold. Not much sunlight makes it in to the gorge during winter but a lot of water does. You are most likely to get wet any time you ride this trail but in winter should should bring some additional clothes.

Access Info

Access to Karapoti Gorge is from Karapoti Road off Akatarawa road. Turn off SH2 at Brown Owl on to Akatarawa Road and drive until you find Karapoti Road on your left (past the cemetery).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Karapoti Gorge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    301 ft
  • Altitude min
    420 ft
  • Altitude max
    764 ft
  • Altitude start
    435 ft
  • Altitude end
    736 ft
  • Grade
    2.184%
  • Grade max
    -83.509%
  • Grade min
    55.808%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,604 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,075 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:35
  • Avg reverse time
    00:16:14
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Status:
on Oct 21, 2018
Wet
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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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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  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Camping Camping
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      Karapoti Gorge Trail Reports

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      Oct 21, 2018 @ 3:31pm
      Oct 21, 2018
      Oct 14, 2016 @ 9:43pm
      Oct 14, 2016
      Lots of water but track is made for it so no mud. Was a lot colder in the gorge.
      Oct 14, 2016 @ 9:42pm
      Oct 14, 2016
      Lots of water but track in good condition so no mud.
      Aug 1, 2015 @ 2:00pm
      Aug 1, 2015
      Road the gorge last Saturday (30th of July). Very wet but otherwise fine. Be aware that Woolshed Road is closed due to logging at the moment if...
      Feb 1, 2015 @ 12:13am
      Feb 1, 2015
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 17 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 240 rides
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Karapoti challenge
      8 miles
      Canons Point to McGhies and back from Trentham
      29 miles
      Karapoti Classic race
      24 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag andy766c (Aug 3, 2015 at 19:34)
       Road the gorge last Saturday (30th of July). Very wet but otherwise fine. Be aware that Woolshed Road is closed due to logging at the moment if you are planning on a loop ride.
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