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Makara Peak Grand Loop, Wellington

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Makara Peak Grand LoopBeginner - Intermediate

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:10 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:05 (Fast)



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Starting in the main car park follow all trails in their intended direction to avoid being run over by mountain bikes. Also make sure to pull aside and let bikes pass if you hear any coming up behind.

Take the following tracks in order: Koru - Sally Alley - Missing Link - Aratihi - 4WD to Summit - North Face - Smokin' - Big Tom's Wheelie - SWIGG.

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Features of interest

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is a shared use recreation reserve where walkers and runners are welcome but need to give way to mountain bikers. The park is 250 hectares with over 40km of single track, mostly all hand built by volunteers.

Makara Peak is part of the Outer Green Belt and established as a mountain bike park in 1998, prior to that it was a run down farm. Today the park is in various stages of native bush regeneration with an active volunteer pest control group and tree planting group. The upper sections of the park have low vegetation or are still in grass, offering fantastic views over Cook Strait, the South Island, and over Wellington Harbour.

See www.makarapeak.org for more info and a printable map of the whole park.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Park 2 Peak 2 Park

Park 2 Peak 2 Park

Length: 10.70km

Swing Into Action

Swing Into Action

Length: 13.00km


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  • Access

    Start and finish is at the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park main car park on South Karori Rd, Karori. Follow the signs from Karori Tunnel down Karori Rd turning off past Karori Park to the left down South Karori Rd.

    There is a signed car park with toilets, information board and water about 1km down South Karori Rd. Overflow car parking is available 50m further south.

    If catching a bus take the Karori Park #3 to the end of the line then follow South Karori Rd as above.

    8 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    The whole route has large signage and map boards along the route.


    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    There is drinking water in the main car park only.

    These tracks are well gravelled and graded for all year use by mountain bikers, therefore apart from the odd puddle after rain there are no issues.

    Make sure to give way to mountain bikers (who are all friendly and probably willing to chat).

  • Post run indulgence

    One Fat Bird
    162 Karori Rd, Karori
    A good selection of beer for post (or pre) run recovery.

    Lucky Bakery
    100 Karori Rd, Karori
    Good old traditional kiwi bakery (best pies in Wellington? - just don't expect gourmet).

    282 Karori Rd, Karori
    Tasty takeaway food with the best coffee in Karori.

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