2 miles
489 ft
-1,123 ft
Avg time
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Rhythm and Vines Details

  • Riding area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Rhythm and Vines mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -634 ft
  • Altitude min
    573 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,208 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,207 ft
  • Altitude end
    573 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,262 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    722 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 1, 2018
Avg: 5 (5 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to rhythm-and-vines trailhead (-40.478606, 175.603709)
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Rhythm and Vines Trail Reports

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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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
5 |
Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:11am
Aug 27, 2018
Rhythm and Vines, Palmerston North

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