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4 miles
797 ft
-2,566 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
    Mt Thompson
  • AKA
    The Darkside
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
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Ideal for full suspension bikes, there is a hard climb to the top of Mt Thompson (711m) followed by a chunky rock garden style descent all on 4WD tracks. On a dry fine day, this can be a fun ride!

Access through to this track runs through private farm land which the farmer kindly asks users to respect no access from the 1st of September though till Labour weekend in October due to lambing. This also includes descending down from Mt Thompson. Please respect this as and don't stuff it up for everyone else.

Access Info

From Waikawa reserve or Waitohu Valley access points

Local Trail Association
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More Stats for Waitohu Track - The Darkside mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,770 ft
  • Altitude min
    380 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,162 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,150 ft
  • Altitude end
    380 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,670 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Mar 31, 2018
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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to waitohu-track-the-darkside trailhead (-40.764389, 175.252896)
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Waitohu Track -... Trail Reports

Mar 31, 2018 @ 2:44am
Mar 31, 2018
Super fun in the wet, very fast and chunky rocks. A few vines that needed ducking here and there A few minor trees down that could be ridden...
Jun 8, 2016 @ 1:33pm
Jun 8, 2016
The Wiatohu Track (The Darkside) - just creating water run offs and clearing drains in prep for more work to come. Track is open and ridable.. ya...
Mar 4, 2016 @ 2:05pm
Mar 4, 2016
Entire track has recently been cleared and is riding really well. Trees have been cleared, track rerouted around the slumps and trail now rideable...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:40pm
Jan 1, 2016
Road up is quite overgrown and very rutted in places. Very wet and deep mud near the summit. A number of small trees covering the track on the...
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Aug 7, 2018 @ 4:32pm
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Feb 9, 2016 @ 11:24am
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Waitohu Track - The Darkside
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Feb 9, 2016 @ 11:24am
Feb 9, 2016
Waitohu Track - The Darkside

1 Review & Comments

  • + 2
flag Paul-C KCMBG (May 27, 2016 at 20:23)
 All trails in the Mt Thompson/Waikawa/Waitohu area are open, great work by the Paul@kapiticycles and the Kapiti Cycles MTB Group.

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