Maraetai Forest

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 500 m
↓ 500 m

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Trail Description
About this trail
There's lots of great handmade singletrack in the Maraetai forest which is next door to the Whitford Forest. Both areas are looked after by the Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club. The forests are privately owned and a $10 day permit to enter is required if you're not a club member. The permit comes with a map which you'll probably need! Information about the individual tracks is listed on the club's website here: Click on the individual trails for maps, profiles and latest conditions.

The trails are technical. Expect lots of berms, switchbacks, roots, off-camber curves, occasionally flow, lots of surprises. You won't find machine made table-top jumps or new-school flow trails. I didn't find any big drops but there are some very interesting concaves on the trail called Ground Effect. The trail called Native Addiction is "full of high speed runs through native trees into swooping hip jumps and amazing drop berms".

The terrain is not rocky - its clay which can get very slippery when wet. The trails tend to get a bit rutted over winter. Generally you climb up forestry roads then shred down singletrack. Lots of the trails are in recently planted plantation forest, some are in more mature pine forest, a few are in regenerating native forest.

Maraetai Forest is not for the faint-hearted or beginner - you need at least intermediate skills to enjoy it - and a good level of fitness!
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

September 4, 2017
Frusder Bunny Hop  
Review: Awesome trails and sweeping bends

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World Champ

December 21, 2016
Review: The Maraetai Forest offer loads of technical fun and never a dull moment - except when you're treadling back up the forestry roads in search of the next down-sloping singletrack ride! Like most trail networks in New Zealand built in pine plantations in hilly terrain, these tracks are in the hybrid downhill-cross country style.

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Maraetai Forest MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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