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Oropi Grove MTB Park

Lewis Hart rides a berm on a fun trail at Oropi Mountain Bike Park, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Photo: Derek Morrison

Oropi Grove MTB Park consists of 18 well-established mountain bike trails covering a total of 10km as they weave through stands of forest and native bush. The park is a mountain bikers’ paradise with well-formed and well-signposted trails that sweep up both sides of a small hidden valley. Oropi Grove MTB Park is Tauranga’s most established mountain bike network – just 20 minutes' drive from the Tauranga CBD. It's also one of its best-kept secrets ...

It’s a bit of a hidden gem – the trails are well-built and there are enough options to keep me entertained for a few hours’ training. And if I’m feeling brave there are even a few freeride lines …

Lewis Hart, Tauranga-based enduro racer Share
Lewis Hart and Darryl Gove stretch their legs at Oropi Mountain Bike Park, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Photo: Derek Morrison

Lewis Hart and Darryl Gove knock out a lap of Oropi Grove MTB Park near Tauranga. Photo: Derek Morrison

 

Oropi Grove MTB Park has something to suit most tastes from intermediate flowing trails to more advanced Grade 4-5 trails complete with purpose-built obstacles such as jumps, drops, berms and bumps. This council-owned mountain bike playground has a raft of downhill and freeride trails, which are suited to experienced and advanced riders.

Riders will enjoy hours of riding as they explore the well-marked loops. For safety reasons the trails are mostly one directional so be sure to observe the signage. There are some good climbs in the forest here so a moderate level of fitness is required. There are no Grade 1 or 2 trails so this is not the place to learn to ride. But if you can ride singletrack and have experienced berms, then a step up to these trails will reward you. The trails are set among pine trees with a surface of clay – while there are very few rocks or gnarly tree roots, conditions can become testing after rainfall.

Insider Tips

  • We recommend starting with the Park Loop Ride. This 8.5km trail covers many of the key trails in the park and will take you approximately 40 minutes to ride.
  • Oropi Hot Pools are a worthy sidetrip so you can recharge tired muscles.
  • The trails have a clay base so can get quite slippery after heavy rain.

Getting There

Oropi Grove MTB Park is best accessed from Tauranga. Tauranga is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland Airport (189km) and an hour drive from Rotorua (70km). Tauranga is a one-hour-twenty-minute drive from Hamilton (98km). The trailhead start point is 10km from Tauranga, 3km up Oropi Road from the SH29 roundabout.

Tell Me More

Local information is best sourced through Tourism Bay of Plenty who are based in Tauranga.

For the active traveler, you might like to include a section of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails into your travel schedule.

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