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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +669/396 ft
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking Hotoritori mountain bike trails

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These trails on Conservation land are set in scrub, regenerating forest and pine plantation. You're always under cover. They are all intermediate, grade three trails, due mainly to fairly regular steep pinches rather than technicality. Sometimes you'll be following old logging roads but mostly you're on singletrack that meanders through the trees. You won't find swooping bermed corners, rollers, humps or jumps and other fun stuff but you will find some very nice old-school style singletrack. You'll hit the odd greasy patch after rain. *****

There is a good map board of the trails at the trailhead in the Hotoritori camp site and there's another one in a clearing about half way through the trails. All in all it's a very visitor friendly little network of trails with lots of signs so you won't get lost. You'll be able to ride all the trails in a couple of hours and it will be a good workout. There are toilets at the camp site. ****

By the way, you're in the Kauaeranga Valley of the Coromandel Forest Park, rich in heritage, rugged landscape and native forest. The main attraction of the of the valley is the hike up to the Pinnacles with a stay in the spacious Pinnacles Hut.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
From downtown Thames head south on highway 25. Turn left at the BP service station which is about one kilometre from the visitors centre. This road takes a few turns and changes its name a few times, eventually becoming Kauaeranga Valley Road. After 13 kilometres you'll pass the elaborate Department of Conservation Visitors Centre and reach the trailhead at the Hotoritori campsite in two more kilometres. You'll see the signs for the campsite and mountain bike trails.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    The Coromandel Forest Park is famous for it's rugged landscape but these trails are in the Kauaeranga Valley and although they undulate, and quite steeply in places, they are on relatively mellow terrain. They will give you a good workout and you'll enjoy meandering through the forest but you won't find the fun technical features found in modern bike parks. These are simply good old-school trails.

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