4 miles
467 ft
-469 ft
Avg time

Karori Rock Details

  • Riding area
    Te Kopahou Reserve
  • Difficulty rating
    Access Road/Trail
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Ride in rain

Sand and pebble tour around the southern coastline beyond Sinclair Head to the Karori Rock lighthouse.

From Sinclair Head the track gets increasingly rough and ill-defined. By the time you're a couple of kilometres from Karori Rock, the track has degenerated into a (large) pebble rumble with sections of unridable deep, soft sand (manageable on a Fat Bike). At low tide it might be possible to ride on the compacted wet sand along the water line, but don't count on it. Most likely there will be a bit of walking involved.

About 1.7km from Sinclair Head there is a track diverging up the cliff face. This initially goes to a memorial overlooking Cook Strait and then heads inland to Long Gully.

NB: Watch out for the 4x4 drivers. They don't like stopping on the soft parts of the track, in case their vehicles get stuck. Consequently most of them will charge on through and expect everyone else to get out of the way.

There is much less traffic on Sundays as the gate to Red Rocks - and subsequently this track - is closed to 4WD vehicles & motorbikes on Sundays from 9am to 6pm although some locals who live on the coast have a key / access.

Access Info

Continue around the coastline from the end of the Red Rocks Coastal Route at Sinclair Head.

Return the same way.

More Stats for Karori Rock mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2 ft
  • Altitude min
    2 ft
  • Altitude max
    54 ft
  • Altitude start
    20 ft
  • Altitude end
    18 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,766 ft
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Mar 24, 2016 @ 10:49pm
Mar 24, 2016
Karori Rock, Wellington
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Mar 24, 2016 @ 10:49pm
Mar 24, 2016
Karori Rock, Wellington

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