Volunteers deliver the goods
Mountain biking remains on track in Wainuiomata.
The Wainuiomata Trail Project mountain bike park is continuing to be developed and maintained by volunteers and supported by the Hutt city Council.
It offers a range of mountain bike and walking tracks on the hills between Mount Towai and the Waiu St reserve for riders of all abilities, including beginners.
The venue is best accessed from Waiu St where car parking and track information boards are welcoming for first time visitors.
The park’s downhill tracks can also be accessed from the saddle of Wainuiomata Hill which is linked with the Te Whiti Riser, the cycling and walking track which begins at Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt.
Most of the WTP trails are set in regenerating native bush range and designed, where possible, to be shared with walkers.
They range from from easy and intermediate climbs to the most technical down hills circuits ike the Spoonhill, an advanced downhill-only track offering drops and other obstacles to test the best.
Important to the full community use of the park is the selection of beginner and easy grade tracks where the 2 kilometre Wetland Loop is a standout option for family recreation. This is a gentle, twoway loop around a wetland area.
It begins with a fairly gentle climb on a wide gravel path. About 1km on, riders will get to the head of the valley and the loop’s eastern section, a reasonably wide single track that descends at a gentle gradient. A bush section follows before a 120 metre boardwalk which, with three passing bays, easily allows
TheWainuiomata Trail Project is free to all users.
Find it at the end ofWaiu Street, first left off Parkway which is left from the roundabout at the bottom of theWainuiomata Hill Rd.
This entrance offers car parking, track maps, a drinking fountain and toilets.
Mountain bikes are needed for advanced tracks but all bikes are suitable for the beginner and easy ride options.
Be safe. Wear a helmet and sensible clothes, take awater bottle and always use sunscreen.
A free Family Fun Day will be held at the at theWainuiomata Trail Project on Saturday, March 11 from 10am to 2pm. for any two-way traffic and pukeko spotting. After more single track, including a doubleback loop and and another creek crossing, the track heads across open territory back to the start. Easy!
After this riders can progress a grade higher by covering a loop formed by by the Jungle Scout, Jungle Gym and Snail Trail tracks. From there the options are plenty.
Chris Burr, left, and Brenda Clapp from Nelson and Nicola Johnson from Petone came to the Wainuiomata Trail Project via the Te Whiti Riser,