2,046 ft
132 ft
-307 ft
Avg time

Starfish Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Advanced (1 vote)
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Drop
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

Continuing on immediately from SWIGG, Starfish is a fun, narrow piece of classic Wellington singletrack that's a little bit steeper, narrower, rougher and generally a bit more difficult than SWIGG.

It sits on the cusp of Intermediate and Advanced, so ride within your limits and slow down or walk sections if necessary. A better alternative for intermediate riders who are still building their skills and confidence is Lazy Fern which starts from the top of SWIGG and offers an equally fun but slightly more mellow descent to the main car park.

It was upgraded in 2016 with a couple of big berms to allow you to carry more speed, and the sight lines and lead in to the small step improved. There's also a main-made rocky bridge to negotiate towards the bottom of the trail.

Built by Makara Peak volunteers in 1998. Upgraded in 2000. Major works completed in

Access Info

When heading down from the summit, to get to Starfish, head down SWIGG from the end of Big Tom's Wheelie. When climbing up from the main car park, exit at the end of Koru and cross the 4WD track and head down SWIGG.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Starfish mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -175 ft
  • Altitude min
    437 ft
  • Altitude max
    612 ft
  • Altitude start
    612 ft
  • Altitude end
    437 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    585 ft
  • Distance down
    1,213 ft
  • Distance flat
    249 ft
  • Avg time
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on Feb 8, 2018
Avg: 4.65 (3 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 starfish trailhead (-41.295590, 174.721280)
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Starfish Trail Reports

Feb 8, 2018 @ 10:12am
Feb 8, 2018
Dec 31, 2017 @ 5:10pm
Dec 31, 2017
Sep 4, 2017 @ 2:32am
Sep 4, 2017
Cool fun
Aug 27, 2017 @ 2:41am
Aug 27, 2017
Jul 24, 2017 @ 8:29pm
Jul 24, 2017
Pretty good considering the rain. Muddy in places but fine.
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