About the park
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.
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Audio: [voiceover] Set amongst 250 hectares of regenerating native bush, offering more than 40 trail options, and panoramic views, Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park is a world-class riding experience.
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Audio: With the largest trail network in the lower north island, and right on Wellington city’s doorstep, Mākara Peak has something for riders of all abilities.
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Audio: Walking is permitted on the trails however, Mākara Peak is a bike-priority park, so walkers give way to bikers here. Dogs are welcome to join if they’re on a leash.
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Audio: There are flowing single-track trails, with gentle gradients, that are perfect for beginners, children, and families. Plus, there are some of the steepest, gnarliest, and technical descents to challenge even the most seasoned of riders.
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Audio: The park was established in 1998 when the Wellington city council retired 200 hectares of farmland for community recreation. Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park supporters group work with the council to develop the park and restore the area back to native forest.
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Audio: An important part of Wellington’s outer green belt, the park is classified as a key native ecosystem, Providing an important habitat for native birds and wildlife. Over 4,500 volunteer hours are spent developing and maintaining the park each year. To date, 45 kilometres of trails have been built, and over 50,000 native seedlings planted.
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Audio: Once at the top of Mākara Peak, you’re rewarded with stunning panoramic views across Wellington Harbour, Cook Strait, and the upper South Island. The trail network then descends back down over a smorgasbord of trails, offering up many fun options, whatever your appetite. For a longer outing, there’s options to link up your ride to the Skyline walkway, Wright’s hill, Zealandia's fence line, and Waimapihi reservoir. Or, just head into the city for that post-ride drink. So get on your bike for your next adventure. find your wild at Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park.
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