Karapoti Gorge


Karapoti Gorge


Akatarawa Forest, Wellington, New Zealand


Wide and relatively gentle introduction to the Akatarawa Forest, heading up the Karapoti Gorge.




Bike and Foot


From the Karapoti Road car park, head along a gentle path up the valley.

You'll soon need to cross the unbridged Little Akatarawa River. It is rocky, cold, and can also be deep and fast flowing after heavy rain, so probably best avoided if there has been a lot of rain in the previous couple of days.

Once past the river crossing the track meanders up the valley, climbing progressively alongside the Akatarawa River West. The valley itself is deep, surrounded by steep hillsides covered with dense native bush.

The track surface is rocky in places, though nothing too difficult. During and immediately after heavy rain, parts of the track can have a fair amount of water flowing down/across them, which can make things interesting.

At the top of this track is McGhies, which starts at an obvious concrete bridge.

Getting there

Starts from the car park at the end of Karapoti Road.

Ends at McGhies Bridge.

Other notes

This track forms part of both the Karapoti Challenge and Karapoti Classic courses.

The Karapoti Gorge is commonly used by motorbikes to access the Akatarawa Forest, so listen out for them in either direction.




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4 Oct 2009 by Ian

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