3,162 ft
Distance
403 ft
Climb
-113 ft
Descent
00:10:15
Avg time

Varley's Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #31682 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1998
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

Named after Gareth Varley and built by Johnsonville Cycles in 1998/99, Varley's is a classic two way Makara Peak trail.

As an alternative entrance into the park from Makara Road, it's one of the more challenging climbs in the park. The gradient combined with steep switchbacks and some rocky sections make it a genuinely challenging grade 4 climb. All but the strongest and fittest riders will be huffing and puffing by the time they reach the top.

When combined with Zac's and Wahine (in the back of Karori Park) it's a great downhill alternative for intermediate riders looking for something different than Peak Flow and North Face - just watch out for uphill riders and walkers connecting in from Skyline.

In 2017 the Makara Peak Supporters, with help from a number of corporate work parties, built an extension from the water tank down to Makara Road to bypass the very steep tarsealed access road.

Access Info

From the summit head down Zac's Track or T3. Uphill riders can either go up Makara Road or the really keen can go up Wahine at the back of Karori Park.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Varley's bike trail
  • Altitude change
    290 ft
  • Altitude min
    799 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,089 ft
  • Altitude start
    799 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,089 ft
  • Grade
    9.167%
  • Grade max
    -27.171%
  • Grade min
    37.658%
  • Distance climb
    2,033 ft
  • Distance down
    987 ft
  • Distance flat
    142 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:22
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Status:
on Dec 18, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.75 (4 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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  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • 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
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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
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      Varley's Trail Reports

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      Dec 18, 2018 @ 7:08pm
      Dec 18, 2018
      reporter Very overgrown at the moment. WCC cutting team due through soon to clear it,
      Jul 27, 2018 @ 6:57pm
      Jul 27, 2018
      Jun 15, 2018 @ 11:41pm
      Jun 15, 2018
      A bit of mud about but riding well
      Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:03pm
      Nov 27, 2017
      Very dry and rutty, would not recommend until we get some rain.
      Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:01pm
      Nov 27, 2017
      Very dry and rutty, would not recommend until we get some rain.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 108 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 696 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Skyline (The Full Version)
      24 miles
      Some tasty tech runs - with a nasty climb
      6 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag sminchnz (Jan 4, 2019 at 17:12)
       Really fun descent, super technical ascent.
      [Reply]

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