Mountain Biking

Information on mountain bike trails, bike skill areas and areas closed to mountain biking in Wellington, as well as on volunteering to help create trails.

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Mountain bike trails

Popular areas for mountain biking include:

  • Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
  • Mount Victoria
  • most of the Southern Walkway
  • Te Kopahou Reserve
  • firebreaks around Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Skyline Walkway from Johnsonville to Karori
  • Wrights Hill
  • Polhill Reserve
  • Miramar Peninsula.


Mountain Biking in Wellington (4.9MB PDF)

See this flyer for detailed information on these and other trails, including maps and ability levels.

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

A community initiative supported by the Council, the park has more than 30km of tracks and is recognised as one of the country's best mountain biking areas.

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park


Free guided tours of Makara Peak mountain bike park are held on the first Sunday of every month at 10am from November to April. Meet at the Makara Peak car park (South Karori Road) next to the information / map booth. These informal rides are open to anyone - especially beginners, families and those new to the city. Allow 90 minutes for the tour.

Outstanding  Park Award

Wellington City Council and the Makara Peak Supporters group recently won the New Zealand Recreation Association's (NZRA) 2010 Outstanding Park Award for their collaboration on Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park.

Wellington walkways

Parts of Wellington walkways are open to mountain bikes. For more information, see:

  • Walks and Walkways

New mountain bike tracks

With Council support, volunteers have built three new tracks:

  • Polhill Reserve (Serendipity track)
  • Miramar Peninsula, Centennial Reserve (Solitary track)
  • South Coast Kids Track, Island Bay (corner of Dover Street and Adelaide Road)

You may see walkers on some of these tracks, so please respect other trail users.

Mountain bike skills areas

The Council has created five skills areas to help kids develop basic techniques to cycle off-road. The locations are:

  • Alexandra Road, Mount Victoria - Newtown-end of the road in the Town Belt
  • Central Park - in the playground
  • Karori Park - on the hill in the pine trees behind the park
  • Miramar water towers - off Main Road near Wellington Prison
  • South Coast Kids' Track, Adelaide Road, Island Bay - next to Island Bay skate park.

Areas closed to mountain biking

For information on areas and tracks in Wellington which are closed to mountain biking, see the Schedule A - Open Space Acess Plan in the following policy:

Volunteer to create trails

The Council is working with Wellington Trails Alliance (WTA) to create trails for mountain bikers, walkers and runners. They've extended trail networks all over Wellington, particularly on the Town Belt, Polhill Reserve and Miramar Peninsula.

Mountain Bike NZ Code of Conduct

Because Wellington's tracks are used by many people, the Council supports the Mountain Bike NZ Code of Conduct.