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About
Makara Peak

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The Makara Peak Supporters

 
 

The Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Supporters are a group of local residents, walkers, runners, conservationists, and mountain bikers who support the Park through volunteer work and an annual membership subscription.

The Park relies heavily on volunteer labour, donations and grants to build and maintain tracks and carry out conservation work. Over 4,500 volunteer hours are spent developing and maintaining the Park each year.

Although there are numerous recreation reserve areas in Wellington that are developed mainly through volunteer efforts Makara Park remains the most popular. For these efforts the Park has won numerous awards over the last 15 years.

 
 

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How it started

 

The Makara Peak Supporters were established in 1998 to plan and oversee the development of the Wellington City Council owned park and to help restore native forest. Our aim is to create a world-class mountain bike park with dual use (cycling and walking) tracks for all skill levels, in restored native forest.

Since 1998, volunteers have dug, shifted and compacted soil, chipped out rock, cut back branches, built retaining walls and small bridges and dug drainage channels to create over 40kms of track, as well as planting native trees and eradicating destructive pests.

A key objective has also been to encourage a greater number of young and novice riders to enjoy the parks’ thrills and scenery while gaining fitness and mountain biking skills.

 
 

Over

80,000

Visits each year

 

over

35,000

native plants planted
in 15 years

Over

40km

of single track built

 

over

4,500

volunteer hours spent
developing and maintaining
the park each year

over

250ha

of regenerating native bush

 

Approximately

30%

of park users are
walkers or runners

 
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