Bike Riding in Te Upoko O Te Ika A Māui (Wellington Region)

The Wellington region has some great places for riding both on and off road. Whether its café and beach hopping along a coastal road, touring country vineyards or taking the scenic route along a river trail, you’ll find something to suit you.

Resources for cycling in the Wellington region

Wellington Regional Trails

Find your WILD in Wellington with the Wellington Regional Trails website! You'll find some great rides across the Wellington Region including events, top tips and places to visit.

Wellington City Council, Mountain Biking Info

Wellington City has a range of mountain biking tracks to suit everyone - they have an online interactive map to help you find a ride to suit you. 

Bike There

A resource to help support people who want to ride their bike in Wellington including biking events and tips to support you to ride no matter what stage you're at. Sign up to get tips as you progress with your riding!

Porirua City Council, Cycling Info

Check out Porirua's picturesque cycle paths, cruising along the harbour, the countryside and alongside Porirua Stream. There is some great mountain biking in the area and they support commuter cycling too.

Kapiti Coast District Council, Cycle-ways Info

The Kapiti Coast has come great bike riding for people of all ages and abilities. Check out their Stride n' Ride map to find a route that suits you.

Huri huri - Wairarapa Cycling Info

Huri huri means revolve, spin and change in Maori, which sums up getting on your bike perfectly! Huri Huri celebrates riding in all forms and they run cycling events in the Wairarapa.

WREDA, The Best of Guide to Trail Cycling in Wellington

A best of guide trail cycling tracks in the Wellington region.

Trail Forks, Wellington Region 

Trails forks is a fantastic FREE resource for mountain biking. It is available online and in app form and includes rides all over the region and the world! It also has a directory of clubs, bike shops and associations.

Hutt City, Cycling Info 

Find out about cycling in Lower Hutt

The New Zealand Cycle Trail 

The New Zealand Cycle trail website is a mecca of information about the great rides to do in New Zealand, including in the Wellington region. There are rides all over the country for all abilities including information to help plan your trip.

Some top bike rides in the Wellington region

Hutt Valley

Hutt River Trail

Running alongside the Hutt River from Petone to Upper Hutt, the 29km Hutt River Trail is an easy scenic walk and cycle path.

Waiu Park Trails

This mountain bike park boasts some of the best single-track mountain biking in the region. With over 30km of trails from beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone.

Rimutaka Cycle Trail

Officially part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is an amazing gem of the region. This off road 115km ride can be completed over a few days, but there are plenty of day ride options as well.

Remutaka Cycle Trail
Remutaka Cycle Trail

Upper Hutt

Karapoti Gorge

This is a challenging scenic 18km mountain bike ride through the Akatawara Forest.

Karapoti Gorge
Karapoti Gorge

Harcourt Park Cycle Track

This children's cycle track mimics real life roading conditions with sealed roads, road signs and intersections. This facility is a brilliant way for children to learn more about the road rules and how to keep safe whilst cycling, and is a fun family activity for all ages.


Te Ara o Whareroa - Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway

This route provides a link between the communities of Raumati and Paekākāriki and makes it possible to avoid highway traffic when cycling between the two villages.

Waikanae River Trail

This gentle walking track follows the north side of the river from SH1 to Te Arawai footbridge then on to the river mouth through numerous parks, reserves and private property. There are swimming spots and diverse bird life along the way. Note equestrian access is limited on north bank


Ara Harakeke

This easy 8.7km pathway runs between Paremata and Pukerua Bay alongside rugged coastal areas, beaches, wetlands, a steam train operation, and World War Two pillboxes.

Whitireia Coastal Track

This is an easy coastal track with a variety of gravel path, double track and grassy road. On a calm clear day there are great views of the Porirua Harbour, Mana Marina and Mana Island

Whitireia Park
Whitireia Park


Greytown – Woodside Trail

The Greytown Trail is a 5km cycle trail connecting South Greytown to Woodside Station. The fully fenced trail has a slight incline to the Station, with views of paddocks, Tararua mountains and stands of oak trees.

Masterton Recreation Trails

The Recreation Trails are a network of paths that link ‘green space’ throughout urban Masterton. The completed trails include a 1.6km path around Henley Lake, a 2km trail through and around Henley Lake Park Wetlands and a 4km trail network around Lansdowne.

Wairarapa Valley Cycle Trail

This 67km road ride takes you from Masterton to Featherston via picturesque rural roads.

Wairarapa Valley Cycleway
Wairarapa Valley Cycleway


Tawa Valley Pathway

Ride this flat shared path between Willowbank and Kenepuru Station, along the stream and over small bridges. Travel to work this way or for leisure.

Makara Grand Loop

This grand loop of Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is a popular way of experiencing the best intermediate and advanced grade tracks in the park. 

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award winning purpose built bike park set in 250 hectares of bird filled native bush, just a 10 minute drive from the city. With over 40 km of trails, you are in for a treat. Top Tip- head to the top for amazing views of the city and the south island!

Makara Mountain Bike Park
Upper Leaping Lizard Trail - Makara Mountain Bike Park

Karori Park (K2)

Nestled in the back of Karori Park, the new K2 loop takes people on a gentle Grade 2 trail. This is a great place to go for those new to mountain biking (adults and kids!). There is a cafe, playground and bike shop right on site.

Great Harbour Way

The Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke is a walking and cycling route around Te Whanganui-a-tara, the harbour of Wellington, from Fitzroy Bay in the east to Sinclair Head in the west.

Beginner's Tracks

Get back on your bike for the first time in years, take your kids, or just brush up on your skills.


Wellington all time stats

  • 623 Organisations
  • 10,528 People
  • 2,788 New riders
  • 9,633,860 km
  • 542,804 Rides
  • 465,684 kg CO2
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