Arapuke Forest Park
Manawatu's Premier Mountain Bike Park
Arapuke Forest Park, formerly known as K-Loop, is the premier mountain bike desination in the lower North Island. We currently have well over 30 km of trails across all grades in our growing network designed for four-season riding. The park is located on the back doorstep of Palmerston North. You can access the park from the end of Kahuterawa Road or via Scotts Road. A shuttle service is now operating in the park.
- By 2020, we will have around 50 km of prime single track
- Take a look at the Projects page to see our progress to date and our future plans
- Trails cost between $18 and $30 per metre to build, mainly dependent on the terrain and features
- MMBC built new trails in 2015-7 at cost exceeding $150,000
- We have an active propgramme in place to develop an extensive network of new trails in 2018 and beyond at a projected cost in excess of $250,000
- PNCC contribute $20,000 per annum, MMBC commit a similar amount, and we receive support via a number of charitable grants and generous sponsors
- On top of this we need significant help from the community to maintain existing trails and build new ones!
- See the Support Us page to see how you can contribute or help
- Arapuke Forest Park is owned by PNCC with trail development managed by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club (Who We Are)
- The trails are rideable all-year round with drainage and armouring being key to our trail design process
- Only trails sanctioned by the Arapuke Trails Team will be constructed, to ensure that safe and sustainable trails are created for the broadest range of users
- The current 20 kms of trails vary from grade 2 to grade 5, with most trails being intermediate grade 3
- See our Trail Network page for our current trail map and videos of our trails
How to get there
Arapuke Forest Park can be accessed from two roads.
The main car park is located at the end of Kahuterawa Road, off SH57. From the car park head through the squeeze and up towards the hills. Cross the bridge and head right up Back Track to the start of the trails
There is also a car park at the top of the hill at the end of Scotts Rd. Turn east off SH 54, 6 km south of Linton and follow Scotts Rd for 12 km (gravel road). There is a voluntary 40 km limit, which we recommend you adhere to for your own safety. We do not recommend this access point due to the narrow road and logging trucks.