2 miles
226 ft
-1,113 ft
Avg time

Rata Ridge Details

  • Riding area
    Waiu Park
    Lower Hutt
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Nov - Apr
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Greater Wellington Regional Council

Rata ridge is a trail along the ridge between Mt Lowry and Wainuiomata. The origin of the track is as a walking track - lots and lots of roots, fallen trees, steps, steep rutted sections, drops, that sort of stuff, but almost all of it is rideable (advanced riders). It is still popular with walkers.

To access the track, climb the Mt Lowry track from the top of the Wainui Hill. There are a few parts towards the middle/top where you will need to walk/carry your bike up.

Once at the summit of Mt Lowry the trail begins and you'll have wonderful natural downhill trail through Beech and Rata trees. Eventually you will exit on to a fire break.This part of the trail can be slippery so watch your speed if it's you're first time.

Not all of the tracks in the area are for mountain bikes, so please respect the rules. Non-biking tracks are well signposted.

Access Info

Access to the trail is from the summit of Wainuiomata Hill road. At the Lower Hutt side of the Pukeatapu Bridge, head up the path. The tracks are well signposted.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Rata Ridge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -887 ft
  • Altitude min
    297 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,198 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,183 ft
  • Altitude end
    297 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,676 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,205 ft
  • Avg time
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on Apr 14, 2018
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)

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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 rata-ridge trailhead (-41.266440, 174.923860)
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Rata Ridge Trail Reports

Apr 14, 2018 @ 2:21am
Apr 14, 2018
Tree down at Stanley Street end before Zigzag track turnoff
Feb 20, 2015 @ 8:37pm
Feb 20, 2015
Go and ride this track now!
Dec 6, 2014 @ 4:17pm
Dec 6, 2014
Rode on the 6th December. In great condition and mostly dry (a few bogs but nothing that'll change the ride). Given the dry spring and wind, this...
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Mar 17, 2018 @ 5:34pm
Mar 17, 2018
Rata Ridge, My City
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Jan 21, 2018 @ 7:03pm
Jan 21, 2018
Rata Ridge, Wellington

4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag markbowden (Dec 6, 2014 at 15:10)
 Rode this yesterday....Well cant really say i rode it, alot of walking, this was a very hard track. Have to say didnt really enjoy this one. If ya up for a walk through the bush this is the one for you.
  • + 3
flag nikholden BAMBA (Dec 8, 2014 at 22:49)
 Yeah Rata Ridge is not for the faint hearted. Not a quick Sunday ride before church. But some of that raw tramping track action is just fantastic.
  • + 1
flag markbowden (Dec 12, 2014 at 15:18)
 Nah not a good one before Church!
  • + 0
flag Pettystep (Mar 17, 2018 at 23:34)
 An old school, gnarly, scary in places track - Loved it. I would say riding from East to West would be best.

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Rata Ridge Trail, Wainuiomata, NZ
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