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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +366/362 ft
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kohitere Forest

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#77 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#11109 in the world

Like most North Island bike parks, Kohitere Forest is set on steep hills in a plantation pine forest. To get to the top you can ride up Trig Track. It's wide, well-surfaced and very popular with walkers and runners. It's a granny gear grind all the way up . You should reach the top in under an hour. Alternatively you could go up on Kurt's Track, a testing grade 4 singletrack. The most popular way to come back down is on a track called "The Edge". That's a grade 4 track that goes down steeply but it's more like a descending cross-country track than a classic downhill track.

The Gardner Track is a longer way down. It doesn't have great technical interest although navigating some of the rutted switchbacks will get your attention. It's grade 4.

There are a few other tracks including some on the other side of the hill. There are also a few forestry roads that people ride on. In general the singletrack in this forest tends to be steep, rutted in places and very old-school. It is very slippery when wet. It tends to stay wet for a long time after rain and it rains here often!

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
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From downtown Levin go east along Queen Street for 4km then turn left into Denton Road. The car park is on your right in a few hundred metres. The entrance to the forest is just a few metres further along. You'll see the gate and big sign board.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    It was wet when I rode the trails in Kohitere Forest. They were very slippery. They were also covered in pine needles because they hadn't seen another rider for ages. Locals have been staying away in droves awaiting some long hot summer days. Even dry, I don't think I'd find much magic in this bike park.

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