1,937 ft
Distance
132 ft
Climb
-304 ft
Descent
00:02:09
Avg time

Starfish Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Advanced (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #492 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -172 ft
  • Altitude min
    436 ft
  • Altitude max
    612 ft
  • Altitude start
    612 ft
  • Altitude end
    440 ft
  • Grade
    -8.89%
  • Grade max
    -60.702%
  • Grade min
    76.273%
  • Distance climb
    577 ft
  • Distance down
    1,207 ft
  • Distance flat
    96 ft
  • Avg time
    00:02:09
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Status:
on Dec 27, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Directions to starfish trailhead (-41.295590, 174.721280)

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 54 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,045 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,814 rides
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      Dec 10, 2018 @ 9:16am
      Dec 10, 2018
      Starfish, Wellington

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag sminchnz (Jan 4, 2019 at 17:16)
       Great fun, but can be a little hairy if it's wet.
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