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Te Ara Utiwai - Section 1

Te Ara Utiwai - Section 1 is an exhilarating trail within Te Ara a Rangituhi, accessible from Camp Elsdon Car Park, offering a blend of forested paths and stunning viewpoints.


Stunning viewpoints of Porirua Harbour and the Kapiti Coast
Thrilling mix of climbs, descents, and switchbacks
Immersive ride through lush native bush

Look out for

Native birds such as tui, kererū, and fantail
Panoramic viewpoints along the trail
Unique flora and fauna native to the region

Length (km)


Park/Venue Grade


Surface type


Track Width 

Typical 1.2m Minium 1.0m

Track Gradient 

Typical gradient 5 deg Max 12 deg

Cross Slope

Typical 3deg

Te Ara Utiwai - Section 1 is the first segment of a spectacular trail network within Te Ara a Rangituhi, beginning at the convenient Camp Elsdon Car Park. This section takes riders through lush native bush, offering a thrilling ride with a variety of terrain and technical features.

Starting from the car park, the trail winds through dense forests of native trees, providing a cool and shaded ride. The path features a mix of gentle climbs and flowing descents. As you progress, the trail opens up to offer stunning viewpoints where you can pause and take in panoramic views of Porirua Harbour, the Kapiti Coast, and the surrounding landscapes.

Te Ara Utiwai - Section 1 is known for its well-maintained surface, ensuring a smooth ride while still presenting natural obstacles and technical sections to keep things exciting. The trail is well-marked, making navigation straightforward and allowing riders to fully immerse themselves in the experience.

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