Mountain bikers on Government Track

Image: Adrian Robinson | ©


Walk or mountain bike the Government Track which traverses the slopes of the beech-and mānuka-forested Waipori Valley.

Track overview

17 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

4 hr 30 min Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Traversing the slopes of the beech-and mānuka-forested Waipori Valley south of Dunedin, the Government Track was built in the 1860s to provide access to the central goldfields.

The track starts with a short push up a steep section of switchback track. The old pack track begins to sidle along the flank of the Waipori Valley, and from here, it's an easy grade for riding.

There are a few creek crossings you will have to carry your bike over and the track can be muddy at times, sometimes with stinging nettles and windfalls. 

For mountain bikers there is an option of riding up and returning the same way. Alternatively, once at the top follow the pylon track left and steeply down into Waipori township, then follow the road back to the start.

Getting there

The track entrance is 5 km down Waipori Falls Rd on the right; parking is 100 m further on the left.

Know before you go

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.


Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 The Octagon
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058
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