5,270 ft
389 ft
-595 ft
Avg time

Nikau Valley Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
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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.

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More Stats for Nikau Valley mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -207 ft
  • Altitude min
    483 ft
  • Altitude max
    882 ft
  • Altitude start
    853 ft
  • Altitude end
    646 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,392 ft
  • Distance down
    2,625 ft
  • Distance flat
    197 ft
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on Nov 18, 2017
Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Nikau Valley Trail Reports

Nov 18, 2017 @ 7:18pm
Nov 18, 2017
reporter Ruts and boggy spots in top half have been tidied up so riding mint at the moment.
Sep 16, 2017 @ 8:06pm
Sep 16, 2017
Muddy 1st quarter, a few deep ruts otherwise flowing.
Mar 6, 2017 @ 2:45pm
Mar 6, 2017
Mint condition
Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:26am
Sep 13, 2015
Dry except a couple of puddles. Perfect riding conditions.
May 24, 2015 @ 2:49am
May 24, 2015
Bordering on advanced difficulty ATM. Riding awesome. Go.
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Downhill portion of Nikau
3:30 | 113 | May 29, 2016 , Wellington
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