Whareroa Farm, Kapiti, Wellington - December 2021
Wellington is well-known as a MTBing Mecca, and the Kapiti Coast is no exception. In recent years, The Kapiti MTB Club (KMBC) has been active building new mountain-bike tracks in Whareroa Farm on the Kapiti Coast side of the Akatarawa Forest, with funding support from the Backcountry Trust and the Kaimahi for Nature Fund (KFN).
In 2020, stage one work on a track provisionally called ‘Track 2’ was begun, and late in 2021, the track was informally opened to riders.
Dan August of the KMBC reports: ‘A couple of very wet weeks early December tested the water management design of the track, and demonstrated it was functioning well and as intended. Now, after weeks of predominately hot and dry weather, the trail is well bedded in.’
The new track is 1.57 km long, with 14 switchbacks, 29 jumpable features, plus a number of berms and rollers as well. The average gradient ended up approximately 7%.
‘It is great to finally see it in use and people enjoying it,' Dan says. 'The feedback has been very positive.’
‘As well as being a great addition to the burgeoning trail network at Whareroa Farm, I hope it inspires local riders to join the club and get involved with maintenance. Any addition to a trail network means an additional workload.’
‘The Kapiti MTB Club wholeheartedly thanks the Backcountry Trust and KFN for supporting this trail. With so many worthy projects around the country, we are certainly grateful to have received the funding.’