Upper Leaping Lizard from the summit
Upper Leaping Lizard starts from the summit of Makara Peak.
Upper Leaping Lizard ridge
Upper Leaping Lizard traverses the south west ridge before dropping down to Leaping Lizard
South island views
There are some great views of the south island from Upper Leaping Lizard.
Upper Leaping Lizard switchback
A new section of trail was recently completed that includes a new switchback to bypass the steepest section of Upper Leaping Lizard
Native bush on Upper Leaping Lizard
Upper Leaping Lizard weaves through some mature native bush near the end of the trail before crossing the 4WD track and meeting Leaping Lizard
Supa Kanuka crosses the Nikau Valley trail before traversing around the top of the valley.
Supa Kanuka climbs gently for the first half of the track - this short bridge is roughly at the half way point. From here it’s mostly downhill to Aratihi.
Supa Kanuka features some of the nicest bush in the park and is quite sheltered from the weather.
The start of Ridgeline
From the summit look along Ridgeline
The start of Nikau Valley
Smokin begins at the end of Three Brothers
Three Brothers curved hand rail
Image from at the very end of Leaping Lizard before Bail Out
Ridgeline Extension jump
Upper Leaping Lizard
Tweaks to the end of Ridgeline
Supa Kanuka under construction
Improvements to Allington Road Entrance
Some substantial earth works went into the construction of the start of Upper Leaping Lizard, with a bigger bigger digger being bought in on the back of a truck….
In 2018 a bypass of the 4WD section of Zac’s was built with a grant from the Zac Pearson Memorial Fund.
Starfish 17 Nov 18
Starfish 1 Dec dig
Kids and Beginners Loop Map
SWIGG Extension January 2019
SWIGG Extension 2019
Missing Link and Nikau Valley Climb
Map showing the Missing Link and Nikau Valley Climb