In our ongoing series on exploring our own back yard, this month we take a closer look at some of the fantastic mountain bike parks the Waikato region has to offer. There’s something for everyone; from families with young children, to adrenaline junkies.
Whether riding through forests or in the foothills of the region’s mountains, Hamilton and the Waikato region has a variety of mountain bike parks and tracks to make the most of spring. Expert trails sit alongside easy family tracks, meaning there is something to suit all levels and abilities.
Take ‘The Snake’ at Te Miro Mountain Bike Park and find stunning views of the Kaimai Ranges from the top, or if you are a group of varying levels, check out Cougar Mountain Bike Park which offers 14 different trails from beginner to advanced. Hamilton Mountain Bike Park will take riders over gravel, sand, clay and grass surfaces on the 11km single track, while the Pipiwharauroa Trail near Raglan will get you up close and personal with the wind turbines of Te Uku Windfarm.
Make a weekend of it with dad this Father’s Day and explore some of the region’s top mountain bike parks below.
Te Miro Mountain Bike Park
Waterworks Road, Te Miro
– Forest trails, jumps and rollers
– Grade 2-5 tracks available
Top tip: Pack lunch and enjoy a picnic at The Lookout on the Big Willy beginners’ track with great views of the water catchment that supplies Morrinsville with water.
Cougar Mountain Bike Park
Mossop Road, Tokoroa
– 35km of off-road forest tracks
– 14 different rides available
– Grade 3 – 5 tracks
Top tip: Advanced riders can take on The Tester, a challenging advanced trail with 600m of technical terrain.
Mount Te Aroha
Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain, Te Aroha
– Challenging ascents and exhilarating downhill
sections 10km of trails
– Grade 3 tracks
Top tip: Make the most of the spa town and enjoy a relaxing mineral spa after your ride.
Hamilton Mountain Bike Park
Maui Street, Hamilton
– Conveniently located within Hamilton City
– Suitable for all levels
– Grade 2 – 3
Top tip: Kids will enjoy the ‘Three Times Tables’ section of The Sandpit, with three modest table-top jumps and high banked berms.
Mt Pirongia Mountain Bike Trails
Sainsbury Road, Mt Pirongi
– Off-road cycling through native forests
– Kids and pump tracks available
– Grade 2 – 4 trails
Top tip: Check out the kids’ pump track for great off road children’s cycling
Te Mata Road, Raglan
– 360 degree views of the region
– Get up close with the Te Uku Windfarm turbines
Top tip: Allow up to 4 hours for this 18 kilometre return trip.
For more information on mountain bike parks and cycle trails in Hamilton and the Waikato region, visit www.hamiltonwaikato.com/cycling