1 miles
186 ft
-833 ft
Avg time

Leaping Lizard Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -647 ft
  • Altitude min
    310 ft
  • Altitude max
    956 ft
  • Altitude start
    956 ft
  • Altitude end
    310 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,223 ft
  • Distance down
    4,205 ft
  • Distance flat
    165 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 2, 2018
Avg: 4.8 (5 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to leaping-lizard trailhead (-41.296719, 174.702401)
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Leaping Lizard Trail Reports

Jan 2, 2018 @ 2:07pm
Jan 2, 2018
Some of the sections need to have the veg cut back
Jul 2, 2017 @ 6:12pm
Jul 2, 2017
A good option in this wet weather. Seems to have had some work done? Definitely felt a grade higher. Still a fucker to climb out of.
Nov 18, 2015 @ 11:58pm
Nov 18, 2015
Dry but still a little surface moisture for the tread. The whole track has been line trimmed so in perfect condition right now!
Mar 13, 2015 @ 9:14pm
Mar 13, 2015
Heaps of fun!! Fast descent.
Jan 8, 2015 @ 12:03am
Jan 8, 2015
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Leaping Lizard
1:12 | 78 | Dec 29, 2017 , Wellington
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