5 miles
2,704 ft
-1,716 ft
2,156 ft
High Point

Makairo Track Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Best November to March
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

This track follows a road that was closed in the 1970's. Since then it has turned into bush and can be overgrown in places. It passes through the Waewaepa Department of Conservation scenic reserve.

Great view from the top.

This is a very exposed track with steep drops off the side and should not be attempted in adverse weather. On a good day it is a great ride, nearly always muddy winter or summer, reasonably technical and overgrown 4WD track but worth the trip with great views to reward your efforts.

Always take a windproof jacket and long trousers and tops recommended because of a bit of stinging nettle on route. It is possible to ride right through to the other end with transport required to drive out to Dannevirke; however it is not as ride able down the other side.

source: NZ By Bike
Access Info

It is an out and back ride and can be accessed from either end. The recommended direction is from the Kohinui end which is up first, downhill back.

To get to the start, drive to Mangatainoka on SH2 north of Pahiatua. Turn at the Tui Brewery into Kohinui Rd, left into Waituna Rd and right into Makairo Rd. Drive to the end of the gravel and park.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Makairo Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    988 ft
  • Altitude min
    985 ft
  • Altitude start
    986 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,974 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    753 ft
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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