Every year, the Karapoti Classic draws cyclists from around the world to the Akatarawa Valley. To say it’s a tough course is a bit of an understatement, but it’s fun… honest. If you’d like to attempt the course without being chased by several hundred lycra-clad riders, then follow the instructions below. Given the gnarly terrain, it would be wise to let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to return. Take plenty of food, drink and spare tubes!
Akatarawa Forest | Advanced | 50km return
For experienced riders only, as you traverse several ridge-tops over 500m with steep climbs and descents. Ride up Karapoti Gorge past McGhies Bridge to a clearing where the road forks. Veer right over a gate and head northeast. You reach a stream at the foot of a hill and follow it to the right a short way before rejoining the track. After a steep climb uphill turn left towards Deadwood at the T-junction.
Follow the ridge for 5 km before turning hard left down a gravel track to the stream. Another steep climb leads to Titi Road. Turn left into Whakatiki Road and down to Dopers Creek. Climb steeply again over the Pram Track and down to the ford at Akatarawa River West. Return to Akatarawa Road via Karapoti Gorge.
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.