Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Rockin' the Mill

Napier, Hawkes Bay

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 26 ?

Gnarl Factor: 18 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.9%


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This run is through a mountain bike park and therefore requires a permit. You can buy a vistor permit from the Four Square in Bayview (on the way to the park) or any bike shop in Napier for $10. This gives you unlimited access for 3 weeks. Also be aware that you probably shouldn't run with headphones due to needing to be alert to watch/hear for mountain bikers.

For this route, from the carpark head up to the park taking the walking route up the hill rather than the mountain bike tracks. This walking route will lead to you to the top of the hill to a closed gate which you will need to climb over. Once over the gate go right (this is loop road) until you find Boar's Nest on your left. Run down Boar's Nest and follow the following tracks to complete the 22km circuit back to your car:
Boar's Nest
Left on to Dragonfly
Straight across Tinker Road to Lorax
Exit Lorax on to Valley Road, turn left
Exit Valley road to Shag’s Landing on left
Exit Shag's Landing right on to Loop road
Follow loop Road until just past where Valley Road joins it to get to Escalator (on right)
Exit Escalator back on to Loop Road and then go straight across to Skyline
Skyline turns into Mill Valley Road which eventually reachs the highest point and then heads down into the replanted block via South Mill Valley Road
Once you stop descending go up Blowhole on your left
Exit Blowhole on to Loop road
Loop road back to Shag’s Landing
Valley Road back to Lorax
Lorax to Loop Road back to TOP of Boar's Nest
Boar's Nest again
Return to top via Loop road
Climb gate and return to carpark

Views down the coast of Napier and out to sea

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Carpark off the road

17 km

19 minutes




Get a map from a bike shop is you are worried about getting lost

Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


wet and muddy in winter

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Trail Reviews

23/02/23 - the mountain bike park appears to be very closed (possibly still from the flooding). It is coned off with no public parking. I'd recommend further research before trying to run this one. It's not a 'turn up on the day' run as I tried to do!

Matt Johnson

September 23, 2023

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