2 miles
702 ft
-127 ft
Avg time

Mt Lowry Details

  • Riding Area
    Waiu Park
    Lower Hutt
  • AKA
    Mount Lowry
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #2434 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Greater Wellington Regional Council

A gnarly, root-infested, steep climb from the top of the Wainui Hill to the summit of Mount Lowry.

Following a ridge from the Wainuiomata saddle to the summit of Mount Lowry, this is a difficult climb through classic beech forest. Much of the track is narrow and twisting, with a surface consisting of root-infested leaf detritus.

The initial short, sharp climb is followed by rolling hills for about 1km. Then the real work begins - an altitude gain of 135m over a distance of 0.9km, at an average grade of 15%, made all the more difficult by the uneven track surface. There are a few steps and several sections where there would be steps if not for the tree roots.

The climbing effort is worthwhile, though, with a great technical descent either returning the same way or continuing on to Rata Ridge.

There is a lookout near the start of the track, plus several other lookouts along the way, providing spectacular views over Wellington harbour and the Wainuiomata valley. The area is well signposted.

Not all tracks in the area are for biking so please respect the rules. Non-biking tracks are well marked.

Access Info

From the top of the Wainui Hill, at the eastern end of the Pukeatapu Bridge, head up the path. Follow the signs

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mt Lowry bike trail
  • Altitude change
    574 ft
  • Altitude min
    609 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,184 ft
  • Altitude start
    609 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,183 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1,836 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,617 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Apr 30, 2016
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • 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
  • Other Other
Directions to mt-lowry trailhead (-41.243790, 174.922310)
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Mt Lowry Trail Reports

Apr 30, 2016 @ 1:32pm
Apr 30, 2016
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