Riding areaMakara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill OnlyPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailBerm, Drop
Ride in rainYes
Land ManagerWellington 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
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 min437 ft
Altitude max612 ft
Altitude start612 ft
Altitude end437 ft
Distance climb585 ft
Distance down1,213 ft
Distance flat249 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Starfish Trail Reports
Routes with this trail
|Makara Peak Grand Loop (intermediate & advanced)||8 miles|
|Skyline (The Full Version)||24 miles|
|Some tasty tech runs - with a nasty climb||6 miles|
|Makara Peak alternative intermediate loop from Karori Park||8 miles|
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