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
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.
- 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.
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.
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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.