Distance: Up to 40 km
Time: 1 – 6 hrs
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A

Technical Rating: Beginner – Advanced
Physical Rating: Easy – Hard
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No

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A great area to ride in the heart of Wellington City. Makara Peak offers close to 40 km of singletrack trails, along with a skills park and some great downhill trails.

A must do loop at Makara is the Grand Loop (1-2 hours): Koru to Sally Alley to Missing Link to Aratihi (Up) descending down Ridgline to Ridge Extension to SWIGG to Starfish (all the way back down to carpark). This loop provides some really awesome views with super sweet singletrack all the way up to Makara Peak, from there you have loads of options to descend back down to the bottom. Follow the suggested trails to complete the Grand Loop.

For a list of all the trails and trail updates, please visit the Makara Peak website: www.makarapeak.org

TRAILHEAD | S41 17.838 E174 43.318

The main carpark is located 800 meters down South Karori Road, Wellington City. It is well marked and easy to find. Please refer to the GPS coordinates if you’re having any difficulty finding the trailhead.

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