2,695 ft
28 ft
-414 ft
Avg time

Kissing Rock Details

  • Riding area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

The trail pops up off the road then drops down to the right with quite a steep roll in.

Be aware! This needs to be looked at if its your first time down as it has diagonal roots on it and drops to the side not straight. What follows is a smorgasboard of log drops steep roll ins and short technical sections.

After reaching the sideline above the Kahuterawa Valley you get a breather before more roots give you a wake up before the trail turns right and starts to drop steeply beside Rhythm and Vines, tricky off camber sections will keep you on your toes before a hard right tun down to ZigZag Rd,

Cross the road and head into the next section which will test your nerve even more,

It is probably wise to have a look at some of these features before riding as they have fairly high consequence if done wrong.

Drop in off the road to a gentle warm up around to a technical rock garden, then a descending left turn that is pretty tricky will lead you to the Kissing Rock!

A monster rock that was found while scouting this trail out is now a centre piece of the trail. watch your speed as roll in as it is STEEP!

Once down this the trail continues with more rock gardens and a couple more tight descending turns as you traverse the hill dropping to one last big rock roll before exiting on to the bottom of ZigZag Rd just above the bridge, across the road there is more fun to be had all the way to the picnic table by the stream.

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More Stats for Kissing Rock mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -385 ft
  • Altitude min
    505 ft
  • Altitude max
    891 ft
  • Altitude start
    891 ft
  • Altitude end
    505 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    354 ft
  • Distance down
    2,250 ft
  • Distance flat
    92 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 16, 2017
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to kissing-rock trailhead (-40.474140, 175.609889)
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Kissing Rock Trail Reports

Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:34pm
Jun 16, 2017
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Aug 10, 2017 @ 4:27pm
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Kissing Rock, Palmerston North
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Aug 10, 2017 @ 4:27pm
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Kissing Rock, Palmerston North
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Aug 10, 2017 @ 4:26pm
Aug 10, 2017
Kissing Rock, Palmerston North

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Arapuke : Kissing Rock
4:34 | 5 | Apr 17, 2018 , Palmerston North
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