Akatarawa Forest | Intermediate | 20km return
From Karapoti Gorge entrance you warm up with a 6km ride through the Gorge before turning hard left over a concrete bridge. Put your bike over the locked gate and climb up McGhies and Valley View Roads away from the Akatarawa River for 3km.
The effort is soon lost in the surroundings, however, as you wind your way up through Valley View Forest, then along the top of Three Skulls Road for 2km, before turning right onto Woolshed Rd to go downhill back to the concrete bridge.
The last 10km are almost all downhill, making it almost impossible not to enjoy the ride back to the car park.
In the area…
Riverfern Restaurant, Stonestead Devonshire Teas, Staglands Country Cafe, Kaitoke Country Gardens, Bluebank Blueberry farm, The Blueberry Farm and Bakehouse, Te Marua Golf Course, Disc Golf, Gliding, Wellington Family Speedway.