2 miles
Distance
504 ft
Climb
-1,145 ft
Descent
00:09:16
Avg time
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Rhythm and Vines Details

  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm
  • Global Ranking
    #1485 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2016

One of our flagship trails in the park, this trail will make you love riding your bike, once down will never be enough, Rhythm and Vines snakes its way down the hill for almost 3.5k! Rollers Berms and jumps are the order of the day, modelled off Eagle vs Shark in Rotorua (built by the same crew), this trail was built as a way for all of our riders to have a fun way off the hill, riders from 7 to 70 love this one. With a predominantly rocky base this trail is great in the wet or dry.

Before this trail was built the only option for lower grade riders and families to get back to the lower carpark was Zig Zag Road.

Designed to be a trail that riders can grow on, Rhythm and Vines can be safely rolled by all riders but as the confidence grows, so can the speed and you will be rewarded with a high speed blast that will bring a smile to even the most grouchy retro rider.

The trail starts with a nice Rhythm section along the side of the hill before heading into a series of 4 switchbacks that are steep but do have a nice inside line for the less confident. From the switchbacks down to the culvert is a speedy run of twists and turns with the odd roller thrown in to keep you on your toes.

At around the 2k mark Rhythm and Vines meets Pūpū Rahi and there is the option of pulling off here at the Culvert Hub and returning back to the top of the hill for another run down or, carry on down the hill for more sweeping corners and rollers to the bottom where the trail meets Back Track, turn right and roll down to the carpark about 300m away, turn left and head back up Back Track to Pūpū Rahi and climb back to the Culvert Hub.

Access Info

Starting from the intersection of the top of Zig Zag Road and Arapuke Road.

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More Stats for Rhythm and Vines bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -640 ft
  • Altitude min
    567 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,207 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,207 ft
  • Altitude end
    567 ft
  • Grade
    -7.398%
  • Grade max
    -76.792%
  • Grade min
    50.58%
  • Distance climb
    2,528 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    354 ft
  • Avg time
    00:09:16
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Status:
on Aug 1, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.85 (6 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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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Rhythm and Vines Trail Reports

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      Aug 1, 2018 @ 8:33pm
      Aug 1, 2018
      Overall very good. Moist enough to be tacky with minor wet spots.
      Mar 31, 2018 @ 2:58pm
      Mar 31, 2018
      Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:34pm
      Jun 16, 2017
      May 6, 2017 @ 11:33am
      May 6, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 139 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 598 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 15, 2018 @ 12:08am
      Sep 15, 2018
      Rhythm and Vines, Listowel
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      Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:11am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Rhythm and Vines, Palmerston North
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      Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:11am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Rhythm and Vines, Palmerston North
      12 |
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:11am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Rhythm and Vines, Palmerston North

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