10 miles
Distance
3,392 ft
Climb
-5,500 ft
Descent
2,584 ft
High Point

Waiotauru Valley Details

  • Riding Area
    Paraparaumu
    Paraparaumu
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
    #83498 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

The is a tough trip but with great scenery. It does require a few km's of hike'a'bike though.

From the Akatarawa Road saddle, the track follows a semi maintained 4WD track to Waiotauru Hut. After the hut the 4WD track turns into a narrow double track to the swing bridge. After the swing bridge it becomes tough, with lots of bike carrying and a couple of huge slips to negotiate.

Access Info

Best to start at the Akatarawa Rd saddle (22km north of Upper Hutt). Take NZTopo50 BP32 Paraparaumu and BP33 Featherston, a compass/GPS, and survival gear.

Parking on Akatarawa Hill Road NOT recommended due to security issues. Ideally park at the end of the residential zone at the bottom of the hill.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Waiotauru Valley bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,109 ft
  • Altitude min
    420 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,584 ft
  • Altitude end
    475 ft
  • Grade
    -4.011%
  • Grade max
    -79.268%
  • Grade min
    89.495%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,688 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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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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      Directions to waiotauru-valley trailhead (-40.963780, 175.161220)
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      Waiotauru Valley Trail Reports

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      Dec 8, 2017 @ 12:52am
      Dec 8, 2017
      Major erosion - there are three significant active slips with extreme exposure between the swing bridge and the Otaki forks end. I was committed...
      Jul 15, 2016 @ 3:16pm
      Jul 15, 2016
      reporter Road at Otaki Forks is now open and clear.
      Dec 21, 2015 @ 5:13pm
      Dec 21, 2015
      reporter The Otaki Gorge Road (at the northern end) is closed to all traffic including foot traffic for the summer 2015/16 due to a slow moving slip above...
      view all reports »

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      Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:26am
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      Feb 1, 2016
      Waiotauru Valley, Paraparaumu

      1 Review & Comments

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      flag CharlieNZ (Dec 6, 2017 at 14:37)
       This trail is impassable at present - there a couple of active slips between the swing bridge and Otaki forks and the trail is closed. There are two big slips with extreme risk of death and a very narrow edge.

      There are

      And be prepared to hike the bike most of the way.

      Allow a full day from Akatarawa Saddle.
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