Mountain biking

Porirua City is home to some superb mountain biking tracks which will challenge even the seasoned mountain biker.

West is best for the MTB experience

Mountain bikers are spoilt for choice for trails in the hills to the west of Porirua. View Te Ara a Rangituhi map (pdf).

Mountain biking videos with Bryn Dickerson

Porirua City has some of the best mountain biking in the region. In our first video, take a tour with local champion downhill mountain biker Bryn Dickerson, as he shows us some of his favourite spots to train and relax.    

Also check out his favourite places to ride around Porirua in the second video below.

Here are our picks for a great ride:

  • Te Ara Utiwai: shared easy/intermediate track, 6.1km from the Camp Elsdon carpark to the Rangituhi Lookout. The first 1.4km of the track is easy two way cycling and the upper 4.7km intermediate section is uphill cycling only, with walkers using the track in both directions. With a gentle gradient through stunning native forest, this track is a beauty!  
  • Spicer Link: shared easy 2-way trail, 2.9km length – a great trail for the whole family to enjoy.
  • The Doctor: shared easy 2-way trail, 1.6km length – ride through regenerating forest in Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve.
  • Chimney Sweep: intermediate trail through farmland, 0.6km length.
  • Tumeke: intermediate downhill trail, 1.2km length. 
  • Crash Palace: expert downhill trail, 0.8km length – for the skilled and fearless MTB fan.
  • Te Ara Tai Tonga: shared easy track, 2.5km length -  connecting tracks leading to Spicer Botanical Park to tracks in Wellington City.
  • Blaster: Intermediate downhill MTB trail, 0.5km in length - this is a flow trail with many jumps and big berms, running from Loop road down to the Spicer Link track.

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