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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +286/308 ft
Total: 14 riders

Mountain Biking Crocodile Track

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#122 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
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The Crocodile track is mainly on pasture which gets grazed by cattle that also use the track in places.

It weaves its way down (or up - depending on your point of view!) the side of a steep gully for most of the way. There are lots of switchbacks - some of them steep, a few rocks, some bumps, some grade reversal, some fast interludes, some jumps and some exposure. There's quite a bit of fun for a skilled rider.

Strictly speaking the track starts (or ends!) at the top of Kennedy's Bush Road but it does carry on under another name to join up with the Kennedys Bush Track which in turn goes all the way up to the top of the Port Hills.

There is a branch at the bottom called C2 which starts (or ends!) at Halswell Quarry and joins the main Crocodile Track just above the bottom of the gully. C2 is really just an alternative (and better) track through the small pine forest that stands between the park and the pasture.

Text updated by jimcummings, 10 July 2015

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
You can ride the Crocodile track as a loop or as an out-and-back ride. You can also use it as part of a link between the city and the Summit Road on top of the Port Hills. As a loop you would park your car in Halswell Quarry Park, ride up Kennedy's Bush Road then ride down the Crocodile. As an out-and-back ride you would park in Halswell Quarry Park and ride up the Crocodile, then turn around and come back down. The track starts at the top end of the park - just head towards the pine forest. Don't go towards the old quarry. At the entrance to the forest you'll see a map and a sign indicating a track called "C2". That's actually the best way to start. It soon joins the Crocodile. In addition, you can link into the top of the Crocodile Track via Kennedys Bush Track which starts all the way up at Summit Road.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's a great workout and fun navigating the switchbacks. Can be tricky in places... strictly for bikers with some experience.

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  • ****

    Fun downhill, short but good workout to climb.

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