4,111 ft
Distance
341 ft
Climb
-28 ft
Descent
00:13:12
Avg time

Varley's Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #31682 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 95 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 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    313 ft
  • Altitude min
    763 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,083 ft
  • Altitude start
    771 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,083 ft
  • Grade
    7.6%
  • Grade max
    -6.2%
  • Grade min
    52%
  • Distance climb
    3,182 ft
  • Distance down
    679 ft
  • Distance flat
    249 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:12
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:43
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Status:
on Jan 21, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to varley-s trailhead (-41.282600, 174.716890)
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      Varley's Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 21, 2021 @ 4:59pm
      Jan 21, 2021
      Overgrown on the lower half including some blackberry sticking onto the track
      Oct 15, 2020 @ 9:31pm
      Oct 15, 2020
      Jun 5, 2020 @ 3:17pm
      Jun 5, 2020
      Apr 28, 2020 @ 3:18pm
      Apr 28, 2020
      reporter Track care as there is a lot of debris on track following the park closure and recent storms
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 12:00am
      Apr 23, 2020
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 206 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,156 rides
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      sminchnz Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jan 4, 2019 at 17:12)
       Really fun descent, super technical ascent.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      OliverRoozen Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Aug 17, 2020 at 22:07)
       This track is very difficult, mostly because of its sheer gradient. Existing information is quite accurate in this regard. Makara can't seem to make their mind up over it being Intermediate/Advanced but it is definitely not Intermediate.
      [Reply]

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