Family Flow

Family Flow (grade 3 loop)


Back Track, Pupu Rahi, Checkpoint Charlie, Jack and the Beanstalk, About time, Jack Frost, Rhythm and Vines, Back Track back to car park.


Distance: Approx 13km


Time: With kids can take up to 2 hours.


Description: A great introduction to the park for everyone.

Starting from Kahuterawa Rd car park head up the road and across Black Bridge into Back Track, climb steadily for a kilometer or so till you see the entrance to Pupu Rahi on your left, use the turn bay to make the turn easier.

Pupu Rahi climbs at a 4-5% gradient, starting in the native bush before winding through the new forest, at the top head through the culvert (big concrete pipe) to the lower trail hub. Pupu Rahi is an uphill mtb trail but is shared use so you may encounter walkers.

Straight across ZigZag road from the lower trail hub Checkpoint Charlie starts, once again climbing at a 4-5% gradient making for a pleasant ride up. Checkpoint Charlie meets up with the Start of Jack and the Beanstalk to continue the climb to the top of the park, crossing Farside Rd Jack and the Beanstalk continues to climb till you reach Arapuke Rd, there is a well positioned seat here to take a breather on before the descent begins.

Head up the hill from the seat on Arapuke Rd for 50m or so and you will see the entrance to About Time on your right, follow About Time down the valley till the bottom where it joins Jack Frost for a short easy climb up past the dam back to Arapuke Rd. Cross Arapuke Rd when you get to where Riff Raff starts and head into Rhythm and Vines. This trail swoops back down the hill all the way to Back track, some of the lower berms can be a bit greasy when wet so take care, once you reach Back Track turn right and roll back down to Black Bridge and the Kahuterawa Rd car park.

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