1,307 ft
3 ft
-86 ft
278 ft
High Point
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Karuwha Details

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  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Global Ranking
    #74019 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened

Trail Description: A bit of a jeckle and hyde, this trail has some of the most well groomed features in the forest and in between these a seething floor of anaconda tree roots. Built by Ryan Lovett and Martin Connell of Andrew Younger Contracting, June 2017

Trail name origin: Karuwha (Kah – roo – fa)
There are always two sides to a story. Church Missionary Society member, Henry Williams, arrived to Paihia in 1823. The Maori had never seen a person wearing spectacles or glasses before so they bestowed upon Henry Williams the affectionate name Karuwha, Four Eyes. Throughout history there’s been major controversy around the interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840. Karuwha, who was delegated the key responsibility of translating the Treaty from English in to Maori, still receives heavily weighted criticism to this very day. However, in an uncanny way of balancing the scales, valuable information has reached the surface to bring about a powerful revelation that will restore our nations confidence in the real intention behind why the Maori and British agreed in good faith to the Treaty of Waitangi 1840. The truth will always prevail. May God bless us all.

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Access Info

Access from Top of Zone 5, off Te Pito, then Raruraru

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More Stats for Karuwha bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -81 ft
  • Altitude min
    193 ft
  • Altitude start
    276 ft
  • Altitude end
    195 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    390 ft
  • Distance down
    754 ft
  • Distance flat
    162 ft
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