5,270 ft
Distance
389 ft
Climb
-595 ft
Descent
00:10:16
Avg time

Nikau Valley Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Advanced (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #18358 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Nikau Valley is one of the hidden gems in Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. It's slightly out of the way, but with a narrow and rough track surface, that winds through some of the best regenerating bush in the park, you'll be rewarded with a true old-style Advanced (almost Expert in the wet) track that feels comparatively isolated, with an almost back country feel to it.

The first half of the track drops fairly steeply to the stream on the valley floor before some technical uphill brings you back to near the low point on Missing Link.

Built by Makara Peak Supporters in 2000/2001.

Access Info

From Sally Alley you can head down Missing Link and then up the 4WD track to Leaping Lizard and on to Nikau Valley. The easier option is to turn right and head up Three Brothers, Upswing and then turn left onto Upper Leaping Lizard shortly after the intersection with Aratihi.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Nikau Valley bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -207 ft
  • Altitude min
    483 ft
  • Altitude max
    882 ft
  • Altitude start
    853 ft
  • Altitude end
    646 ft
  • Grade
    -3.922%
  • Grade max
    -66.859%
  • Grade min
    45.649%
  • Distance climb
    2,392 ft
  • Distance down
    2,625 ft
  • Distance flat
    197 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:16
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:02
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Status:
on Dec 18, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 80%
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • 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
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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
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      Nikau Valley Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 18, 2018 @ 8:26am
      Dec 18, 2018
      reporter Work to replace bridges and structures is complete.
      Dec 10, 2018 @ 3:19pm
      Dec 10, 2018
      Dec 6, 2018 @ 8:06pm
      Dec 6, 2018
      Closed for major work. No way around bridges that are out.
      Nov 15, 2018 @ 12:00pm
      Nov 15, 2018
      Oct 20, 2018 @ 3:23pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 110 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 388 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Missing Link & Nikau Valley Lap
      4 miles

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