Just out the back of Te Aro Polhill, like Mt Vic, is just minutes from the CBD.

Most of the trails are very short (less than 700m) with a few exceptions that are between 1-2 km (like Planet Ride, Transient, the Roller Coaster and Squatters). Polhill is not a fully continuous network of tracks but, if you plan ahead, your ride shouldn't be too disjointed.

Most of the Polhill trail network would suit riders with some experience (intermediate). There are easier links like Dogs, Planet Ride, Sawmill, Smash Palace or the Karori Sanctuary Fenceline (Wrights Hill).

There are access issues, however new tracks with no issues (like Transient) are being developed. WCC does not actually permit riding on Polhill because you will have to cross privately owned land at some point. Several of the land owners aren't happy chaps. Also, if you do choose to ride here quite a few single tracks can become overgrown and tree's that are felled may not be taken away.

The overall proximity of Polhill (10-15 mins) makes it a good candidate for a moonlit weeknight ride or a better place to spend your lunch hour than the office cafe.

There are lots of access points. You could start from:

the steps that lead up to the Fenceline in Waiapu Rd (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary)

Brosnahan Terrace in Mitchelltown

the back of George Denton Park in Highbury Rd

Ashton Fichett Drive in Brooklyn

at the top of Mt Pleasant Rd.

Track building


Work is underway on two new multi-use tracks in this area. According to Wellington City Council (as at 25 August 2009):

"With Council support, volunteers are building two new tracks. The tracks will link Ashton Fitchett Drive in Brooklyn to:

Polhill Gully and Aro Street

George Denton Park

The new Polhill Gully track is designed for bike use, while walkers can use the current track (although walkers will be able to use the new bike track if they want to). The new track to George Denton Park will be for mountain bikers and walkers.

Work is expected to start on the Polhill Gully track at the end of August 2009. Work on the tracks is expected to take more than a year and until this work is finished the area is closed to bikers."

The Polhill Gully track is called Transient, while the track from just above George Denton Park is called Highbury Fling.

Each week there is a Wednesday lunchtime work party, from 12noon to 2pm. Tools and chocolate supplied. Make a post in the discussion, or contact Jonathan Kennett for further information.



Track type/distance summary


Single track




Gravel road


Double track


Sealed road


Total distance


Total number of tracks for Polhill: 16

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