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Moerangi Track

Two mates explore the giant native forest near the Moerangi Track in Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Photo: Nick Lambert

The Moerangi Track is a 35km adventure ride through pristine native forest with historic huts and sections of trail that will bring about an immense sense of accomplishment. The Grade 3 trail will take riders approximately 5-10 hours to ride, and while not technically difficult, the track does traverse some steep bluffs with a few long, grunty climbs. The excellent condition trail leads riders up to 1000m above sea level, before the well-deserved descent of 15km through epic native bush completes the journey.

Riding this track is about as a close as you'll get to the ancient forests of the Jurassic-era. It wouldn't have surprised me if a velociraptor ran across the track in front of me.

Chris Southwood, editor, Flow Mountain Bike Magazine Share
A group of riders explore the Jurassic-like flora on a section the Moerangi Trail near Whirinaki, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison

Riders make their way through the ancient trees on the Moerangi Track, Bay of Plenty. Photo: Derek Morrison

 

The track takes a wide loop through some of New Zealand’s oldest native forest deep in the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park. This is one of the great forests of the world with impressive treescapes and New Zealand’s tallest tree, the Kahikatea. Rich in history, the remote and unspoilt forest has public huts, which are available for overnight accommodation for those looking to spend a night out in the forest. 

The sections of trail include Okahu Valley Road to Skips Hut, Skips Hut to Rogers Hut, Rogers Hut to Moerangi Hut, Moerangi Hut to River Road. Many sections of trail are built on old trekking routes, whereas other sections are purpose-built for mountain bikers. This trail is a real adventure, which is rich in scenery and history rather than jumps and berms. It is a very long ride from the trail's end at River Road to the trailhead at Okahu Valley Road, so it is recommended you arrange a shuttle connection. These can be arranged from Rotorua.

Insider Tips

  • This is a backcountry ride so make sure you are prepared to repair your bike and have enough food and water.
  • Check with the local Te Uruwera Doc office (+64 6 837 3803) to make sure the trail is open – it is prone to slips after heavy rain.
  • Take some time to explore the beautiful huts on this trail – read the visitors' books for some entertainment from other travellers.

Getting There 

The Moerangi Trail is best accessed from Rotorua. Rotorua is a two-hour-forty-minute drive from Auckland Airport (216km) and an hour drive from Tauranga (70km). Rotorua is a one-hour-twenty-minute drive from Hamilton (98km). The trailhead start point begins on Okahu Valley Road, which is one-and-a-half hour drive (90km) from Rotorua.

Tell Me More

The Moerangi Track is maintained by the Department of Conservation. We recommend visiting the DOC website for information on their services and tracks in New Zealand.

We recommend visiting local ride website RideRotorua for the latest information on ride groups, coaching, and cycle services in the area.

If you're exploring the region then try Tourism Bay of Plenty for some additional highlights.

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