Grade 1 (beginner)
Fairly flat, wide (4×4) smooth tracks or gravel roads. Suitable if you’re new to mountain biking.
Grade 2 (easy)
Narrower trails that are mostly flat with some gentle climbs. Easily avoidable obstacles such as rocks or tree roots. Perfect if you’re just starting to like this activity.
Grade 3 (intermediate)
Singletrack trails which may have a loose surface, exposed edges, and trickier obstacles (that are avoidable if you want). Heaps of fun if you have been riding for a while and enjoy singletrack.
Grade 4 (advanced)
A mixture of steep gradients, larger obstacles, and loose surfaces. Great fun for confident riders that are keen for a challenge.
Grade 5 (expert)
Technically challenging with sharp corners, steep drop-offs, and big obstacles or structures .Wicked if you are a rockstar, or think you are one.
This system adapted from MTBNZ and Department of Conservation ‘Mountain bike track grading system’.