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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,097/ -1,078 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Arapuke Forest Park

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#113 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#7,469 in the world

There's some great singletrack up in the hills of the Arapuke Forest Park...

If you're a beginning or intermediate rider your best bet is to go up to the Scott Road Car Park. Check out the trail map there or even better, download the latest map from the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club's website: Once you've mastered the easy Jack Frost trail give Riff Raff and About Time a go. They're excellent intermediate trails that flow nicely. Jack Be Nimble is another that has some great moments including a few big swooping berms.

Advanced and expert riders will prefer to park at the Kahuterawa Car Park and ride up the steadily climbing four wheel drive track called Back Track. Alternatively ride up Zig Zag Road which is more direct but steeper. Rocky and Rambo are two short trails you won't want to miss before you tackle the outstanding new downhill track that goes down beside Zig Zag Road. It's got all the modern fun stuff including drops, flat tops, gaps and swooping berms. It's steep in places but it's more like a fast and fun down sloping trail than a typical steep downhill trail.

The Arapuke Forest is visitor friendly with good signage and map board but the club is actively developing trails so best to download the latest trail map from There are toilets at the Kahuterawa Road Car Park.

First added by Jim Cummings on Nov 21, 2015. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
There are two trailheads:
1. Kahuterawa Road Car Park - bottom end of the forest.
Head out of Palmerston North past Massey University towards Linton. Turn left when Tenent Drive meets Highway 57, then immediately right into Kahuterawa Road. Follow it for nearly 10km to the car park. You'll be just 17km from downtown. --- ---
2. Scotts Road Car Park - top end of the forest.
From downtown Palmerston North head out past Massey University on Tenent Drive. Turn right at Highway 57 and follow it past Linton. You'll soon see Scotts Road on your left. Follow it to the top where you'll find a large car park and a big sign with a map of the trails.

Arapuke Forest Park Trail map

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