Top 5 Mountain Biking Trails in Wellington

Find out what the top 5 mountain biking trails in Wellington are. From extreme, to leisurely, there's something for everyone.

Red Rocks Coastal Track, Te Kopahou Reserve – Easy gradient

An easy 8km return track that starts at the west end of Owhiro Bay Parade by the Taputeranga Marine Reserve Visitor Centre and follows the coastline to Red Rocks, then onto Sinclair Head. New Zealand fur seals can be spotted May-October.

The Wind Turbine – Te Kopahou – Moderate with hills but on well formed tracks

Highlights of this 5km track include the wind turbine, Hawkins Hill Summit and the first section of the Karori Sanctuary Loop.

Makara Peak – From easy to extreme; something for everyone

This playground for mountain bikers features several trails including one way and loop tracks from technically challenging to just good fun. Designed for riders of all abilities. Track lengths range from 1km-30km.

Pencarrow Coast Road – Easy gradient

This relatively easy 20km ride will take about 2-3 hours return. Sea birds and plant life thrive on the exposed coastline, while the nationally significant Lakes Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera are home to a variety of wildlife.

Hutt Valley Trail – Easy gradient

Explore the Hutt Valley on a bike courtesy of purpose-built cycle trails that follow both sides of the Hutt River. For a more ambitious ride, follow all the way to the Rimutaka Incline Trail and across to the Wairarapa.

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