1 miles
Distance
186 ft
Climb
-833 ft
Descent
00:06:47
Avg time

Leaping Lizard Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #13630 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Track starts off with a fast roller coaster style downhill along an old farm 4WD track. Either continue along down Leaping Lizard or branch off and head down Nikau.

Track switches back into single track after the more open double track in the middle portion of Leaping Lizard and is tight in places as it heads downhill in an 'old school' style mountain bike track. Track is steep and loose in places, tight and fast in others.

Access Info

From the end of Missing Link, head straight up the 4WD track rather than turning right into Aratihi and grind your way up for around 10 minutes. Alternatively, from the end of Sally Alley head up Upswing and turn left onto Upper Leaping Lizard shortly after reaching Aratihi.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Leaping Lizard bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -647 ft
  • Altitude min
    310 ft
  • Altitude max
    956 ft
  • Altitude start
    956 ft
  • Altitude end
    310 ft
  • Grade
    -11.561%
  • Grade max
    -73.15%
  • Grade min
    34.03%
  • Distance climb
    1,223 ft
  • Distance down
    4,205 ft
  • Distance flat
    165 ft
  • Avg time
    00:06:47
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Status:
on Mar 17, 2019
Avg: 4.5 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • < 50%
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Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Leaping Lizard Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Mar 17, 2019 @ 11:30pm
      3 days
      Mar 14, 2019 @ 1:00am
      Mar 14, 2019
      reporter Closed due to Transpower working on powerlines
      Mar 7, 2019 @ 9:00pm
      Mar 7, 2019
      reporter
      Mar 6, 2019 @ 8:00pm
      Mar 6, 2019
      Feb 27, 2019 @ 1:45pm
      Feb 27, 2019
      reporter Closed due to Transpower replacing powerlines
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 121 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 422 rides
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      Photos

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      Feb 1, 2019 @ 9:47pm
      Feb 1, 2019
      Leaping Lizard, Wellington
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      Aug 6, 2018 @ 11:32am
      Aug 6, 2018
      Leaping Lizard, My City
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      Aug 6, 2018 @ 11:32am
      Aug 6, 2018
      Leaping Lizard, My City
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      Aug 6, 2018 @ 11:32am
      Aug 6, 2018
      Leaping Lizard, My City

      Routes with this trail

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      4 miles
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      10 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Turaco (Jul 29, 2018 at 16:00)
       Below the junction with Supa Kanuka there are sustained steep relatively straight downhill sections. This is a good place to practice your braking control, but there are more fun ways to lose height.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag sminchnz (Feb 6, 2019 at 0:58)
       Awesome track - steep, loose, and a little hairy. It won't be for everyone but it's a good way to add some spice to your day out.
      [Reply]

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      Leaping Lizard Trail, Wellington, NZ (static cam)
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