Set in 250 hectares of dense native bush, Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park is located 7km from the Wellington CBD. It offers mountain bikers a range of trails over 45km of varied terrain.
The world-class tracks weave their way around Mākara Peak, offering views over the suburb of Karori, central Wellington, and on a clear day, the South Island. The park doubles as a pest-free haven for native birds, plants and local wildlife.
Established in 1998 by a group of volunteers, what was once a gorse-covered farm, is now used by thousands of riders and walkers every year. The trails have been future-proofed to ensure minimal damage to the surrounding native bush. An ongoing reforestation project has meant 38,000 trees have been planted, and two prestigious conservation awards have been given to acknowledge the work.
Whether you're looking for an easy ride for all the family or an adrenaline rush, there’re plenty of trails available. Walking is permitted on the trails; however, walkers must give way to bikers, as Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park is a bike-priority park.
There are regular bus services to Karori and the surrounding area. Bus timetables are available from the Metlink website.
If going by car, there are four main entry points, three of which have maps and information boards. The main entrance is on South Karori Road. Park in the car park, with overflow available 250m further down the road. Tracks can also be accessed via St Albans Avenue, Makara Road, and between 112-113 Allington Road.