1,467 ft
Distance
23 ft
Climb
-132 ft
Descent
00:01:56
Avg time

Pōhatu Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • AKA
    North Face Extension
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (7 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #7747 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2068 in E-Biking
    • #28376 in Trail Running
    • #79462 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 30 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2020
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

Pōhatu - Te Reo for rocky or stony, due to the massive amount of rock work that went into creating the trail, including armouring the surface, edging the track, creating drops and rock garden features.

This volunteer, hand built singletrack connects the end of North Face to the end of Smokin, where Starfish crosses Snake Charmer. It was built by Makara Peak Supporters and volunteers during 2020, beginning before COVID-19 lock down and completed just before Christmas.

It's starts off in a similar style as Starfish, with some small drops, catch berms and a bit of enduro-flow. After exiting the native bush onto an exposed ridge, things start getting steeper, the drops bigger and the fun factor ramps up. An enormous amount of rock was sourced from the surrounding hillside and used to armour the track, build the berms, edge the track, and create a series of rock garden features in the final 100m of track.

When ridden in combination with North Face and lower Starfish, Pōhatu creates a solid grade 4 run from the summit of Makara Peak all the way back down to the main entrance on South Karori Road.

Disclaimer

Some parts still under construction. Ride with caution. Look out for trail builders.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Pōhatu mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -109 ft
  • Altitude min
    793 ft
  • Altitude max
    914 ft
  • Altitude start
    902 ft
  • Altitude end
    794 ft
  • Grade
    -7.4%
  • Grade max
    -39%
  • Grade min
    21%
  • Distance climb
    328 ft
  • Distance down
    961 ft
  • Distance flat
    112 ft
  • Avg time
    00:01:56
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:09
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Status:
on May 7, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.75 (11 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Pōhatu Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 87 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,861 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      • 4,660 rides
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      ldks (Dec 21, 2020 at 15:13)
       Now officially open for riding.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      tknz (Jan 11, 2021 at 1:48)
       Such a good trail, big thank you to the trail builders for building a bit of everything.

      Running very well, include it as a part of a G4 top to bottom.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      deester84 (Sep 24, 2021 at 5:09)
       Great start to a more technical descent on the northern side of the hill. Hopefully the rest is like this.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Wozza-nz (Jan 2, 2022 at 16:49)
       This track and lower Starfish. Two of the best pieces of trail I have ridden.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mylesarmstrong (Jan 7, 2022 at 1:23)
       They were planning on making an expert line when cutting the track, there was a really nice large natural rock face. Shame it STILL hasn’t come into play…
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      philo-bedo (Jan 29, 2022 at 21:21)
       Currently closed for maintainance
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      youtuber NEW ROCKY FLOW - Pōhatu Mountain Bike Trail...
      1:36 | 288 | Feb 21, 2021 , Wellington
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      1:33 | 408 | Dec 24, 2020 , Wellington
      Pōhatu | Mākara Peak Mountain bike Park |...
      2:01 | 34 | Nov 20, 2021 , Wellington
      Pōhatu - Mākara Peak
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