Possum Bait Line


Possum Bait Line (Grant's Track)


Makara Peak, Wellington, New Zealand


Skinny alternative climb out from bottom of Leaping Lizard to Nikau Valley with lots of challenging switch-backs.




Bike and Foot


This is the challenging climb up from the southern extremity of the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park.

After diverging off Leaping Lizard, this track starts out innocently enough with a gentle meander along a grassy valley floor. Then things get tough, as the track climbs up a series of very steep and tight switchbacks. Apparently some people actually enjoy the type of punishment meted out by this track. To each their own.

After a while the track mellows somewhat, as it generally continues to climb towards Nikau Valley – though some sections are, again, quite steep. Parts of the upper section are very narrow, with the gap between trees barely wider than bike handlebars.

Once you meet Nikau Valley the fun continues, as you'll need to forego much of the altitude gained on Possum Bait Line as you drop into a valley before eventually climbing out to meet Missing Link.

Getting there

Bottom (southern end) is just up from the lowest point on Leaping Lizard.

Top (northern end) meets Nikau Valley about 250m from its Leaping Lizard end.

Other notes

One-way, uphill from south to north.




Single track

Last modified

16 Jan 2011 by Ian

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