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

Waiotauru Valley Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
  • 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,688 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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Directions to waiotauru-valley trailhead (-40.963780, 175.161220)
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Waiotauru Valley Trail Reports

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...
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Waiotauru Valley, Paraparaumu
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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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