Te Ara o Rangituhi - The Rangituhi Trails
Currently the riding on Rangituhi-Colonial Knob features a nice 5.5km loop of easy ascending and intermediate descending trails. Then there's the fairly steep four-wheel drive (4WD) tracks uphill to amazing views and three connecting down-hill trails which combine to a 2.2km run.
The best access point for these trails is the Raiha St gate. Note: All new trail names are place holders, as we are
working with Ngati Toa, the Porirua City Council and DOC
on permanent names.
The Doctor, Tumeke and Spicer Link form a loop of about 5.5kms.
This is a wide easy grade two-way trail for walkers and riders to share that can be started from Spicer Botanical Park or the Raiha St gate. Easy does not mean boring, as Spicer Link takes people through a huge range of vegetation and terrain. Fantastic for novices and as a general access trail. Traversing along the base of Rangituhi Colonial Knob, Spicer Link also serves as a "catcher" for the trails which arrive from above, such as Tumeke. Spicer Link is a favourite for walkers and families happy to skip the more challenging trails. One day Spicer Link may continue as far north as Rangituhi Crescent in Elsdon, and have linkages to the south as well.
This is an easy grade two-way walking and biking trail which links the DOC Reservoir Track starting in Spicer Botanical Park to the 4wd road on the ridge above, close to Tumeke. This trail replaces the old DOC track which runs through the creek for some distance. The Doctor features native forest in the valley and partly cleared pine trees closer to the road. It is a great way to travel from the Spicer Botanical Park into the trail network or even the climb towards the summit. This trail is almost 1km long and has a rise of around 30m.
Tumeke is a great fun single track descent for mountain bikes that runs roughly parallel to the main 4wd road. This trail drops off the side of a smaller 4wd track not far above The Doctor exit, and it swoops and dives down the hill using the terrain for bermed corners, rollers and heaps of fun. The top section is for more experienced riders. Intermediate riders can enter off the main 4wd track. Tumeke will take you through Mahoe, open grass, then under gum and pine trees on the way down. It is about 1.2 kms long, dropping to the road below. Designed as an intermediate trail, experts will enjoy the flowing nature of Tumeke, and riders wanting to tackle intermediate trail for the first time should be able to ride it at a lower speed. Not scary nor technical by nature, its character is simply fun and lots of it.
From the Raiha St gate, ride up the four-wheel drive track for approximately 1.8 kilometres till you reach the first transmitter tower (on your right) and where the 4WD momentarily flattens out. The first downhill, Chimney Sweep, is on your right.
A modified four-wheel drive downhill track that starts at the end of Chimney Sweep. It has some wall rides on the inside and bermed banks on the outside. Watch for uphill park users including walkers, horse riders and other bikes. When this re-joins the main 4WD access road, climb up about 200 metres to the corner and wooden gate, below which is the start of Crash Palace.
An advanced downhill with three significant drops that should be scoped carefully first time. After the first 100m of steep technical descent through scrub, you'll drop down a bank onto a 4WD track. You have to continue along this road for about 500m before finding the single track again. The trail then flows through tight pine plantation with some drops and steep rutted sections.
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