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Makara Peak


Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park was established by Wellington City Council in 1988, and encompasses Makara Peak which dominates the skyline at the south end of Karori.

With the largest trail network in the lower North Island, Makara Peak has something for riders of all ages and abilities. There are wide, flowing singletrack with gentle gradients that are perfect for beginners, children and families. Plus there are some of the steepest, narrowest and gnarliest trails that challenge the experts.

Trails weave through 250 hectares of regenerating native bush, there’s a 72m swing bridge - the first of it’s kind in an urban mountain bike park in New Zealand - and panoramic views across Wellington Harbour, Cook Strait and the Upper South Island from the summit.

Long term plans

The development of the park is underpinned by two key documents that help inform decision making by the Supporters and Wellington City Council:

The Makara Peak Supporters

The Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Supporters (often referred to as ‘the Supporters’) are a volunteer organisation that was established in 1998 and are made up of keen mountain bikers, runners, walkers and residents with a passion for Makara Peak.

Since the park opened, the Supporters have worked in partnership with Wellington City Council to develop the park. Thousands of volunteers have donated their time to help build over 40kms of trails, planted tens of thousands of native plants, established a comprehensive trapping network to eradicate pest species and to encourage the return of native bird life.

The Supporters management committee

The Supporters have a management committee that meets each month to help organise activities in the park, including coordinating volunteer work parties that build and maintain the trails, conduct conservation activities such as tree planting and pest eradication, fundraising, run events and other projects.

The Supporters Annual Report

Each year the Supporters produce an Annual Report outlining what’s happened in the park in the proceeding year.

How you can help

Becoming a Supporters costs just $30 a year and is a great way to show your love for the park. It’s great value for money, and helps us achieve our objective of making Makara Peak a world class mountain bike park in regenerating native bush.

Join the Supporters here.

Over 4,500 volunteer hours are spent developing and maintaining the Park each year. If you’re like to help by digging trail or planting trees, check out the events page here on the website for all the details of our upcoming working bees. You can also keep up-to-date on our Facebook page.


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Visits each year




native plants planted
in 15 years



of single track built




volunteer hours spent
developing and maintaining
the park each year



of regenerating native bush




of park users are
walkers or runners