The Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park features some amazing singletrack, with purpose-built berms, jumps and rollers. The Grade 1-5 trails provide a huge amount of fun and days of enjoyment for everyone from families right through to advanced riders. There's something here for all levels.
Set in a mixture of native bush, pine forest and some recently cleared forest terrain, riders at Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park will experience fun singletrack, exciting downhills and climbs that reward the effort with spectacular views of ocean and forest.
President of the local mountain bike club, Rob Robson said the park was attracting riders of all levels.
Mountain bikers of all levels have found a new playground in Whangamata. Located just five minutes from the Whangamata Township on State Highway 25, the park offers something for everyone, from the first-time rider to experts looking to be challenged.Rob Robson, Whangamata MTB Club president Share
In addition to the introduction of eight brand new trails, there is a newly developed family-friendly area complete with industrial size sun-shades, picnic tables and a number of fun kiddie trails. This area can be accessed by vehicle between 7am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays.
Recognising Whangamata’s reputation for great surf, the Whangamata Mountain Bike Club is excited to showcase yet another one of the area’s natural wonders. The local riders particularly enjoy the consistency of the mountain bike park.
"When the surf is flat you can always come and try riding the Tsunami, Pipeline or Tube Cruiser trails,” laughs Rob Robson.
For the downhillers, there is an excellent downhill section through mature pine forest. There are specialist jump tracks – with purpose-built structures and dedicated downhill runs. The rides recommended by the locals are the Stuck Tractor and Junior Downhill, which are both fast and rolling trails. For a challenge, Staircase has a steep, rutted section that is fun to negotiate.
For the endurance rider, the Bullock Track is Grade 4 and will take approximately three hours to complete. This adventure trail leads you through the main valley behind the mountain bike park. The ride has two major uphills, which are both technically challenging. The ride is an exciting adventure and you will be left with a big sense of satisfaction upon finishing this one.
- Before you go riding it is best to stop into the local cycle shop to find out the best way to navigate around the park.
- To support the local mountain biking club and to contribute to future trail construction and maintenance, please visit the Pedal and Paddle shop in town. For an annual fee of just $10 you can enjoy full club membership and have unlimited access to Whangamata’s great trails. For more information, visit the Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park Facebook page.
The Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park is best accessed from Whangamata. Whangamata is a two-hour drive from Auckland Airport (159km). The trailhead start point is located in Matariki Forest, 4km north of Whangamata off Ridge Road.
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Riders can also purchase a permit from Destination Coromandel and they will inform you as to the trails that are being logged, particularly if you move further away from the central tracks.