3,230 ft
220 ft
-305 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

This yet to be named new track was built by the Kennett Brothers in late 2017, and opened at a grade 4 standard in January 2018.

It's been progressively tidied up and is now pretty close to a grade 3 or intermediate level. There are two places you can start from - either from the intersection with Leaping Lizard or half way down the Nikau Valley descent. The track gradually gains a small amount of height before flowing back down to the bottom of Aratihi.

The long term plan is for this to be a key part of a grade 3 loop in the south west corner of the park along with two additional new trails. Essentially it provides an option for grade 3 riders who don't want to drop all the way down into Nikau Valley.

Access Info

Either head down Nikau Valley, and look for a left hand entry before the intersection with Possum Bait Line. Or head down Leaping Lizard and turn left.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Nikau Valley to Aratihi Connector mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -84 ft
  • Altitude min
    761 ft
  • Altitude max
    874 ft
  • Altitude start
    866 ft
  • Altitude end
    781 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,478 ft
  • Distance down
    1,593 ft
  • Distance flat
    160 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 13, 2018
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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 nikau-valley-to-aratihi-connector trailhead (-41.301368, 174.702793)
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Nikau Valley to... Trail Reports

Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:37pm
Jan 13, 2018
Techy trail for me (a mostly grade 3, attempting 4’s rider) but good challenge, easier than my recent first attempt at T3. Packing down well...
Jan 12, 2018 @ 4:33pm
Jan 12, 2018
Still a work in progress but great trail conditions. Ride the trail easy as top layer is soft.
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flag Jam-nz (Jan 9, 2018 at 1:57)
 Coming along nicely. Narrow and soft but still fun

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Nikau Valley to Aratihi Connector
4:39 | 27 | Jan 12, 2018 , Wellington
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