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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +664/625 ft
Total: 6 riders
 

Mountain Biking Maraetai Forest

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#36 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#3943 in the world

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: www.pcbc.co.nz/tracks/ Click on the individual trails for trailforks.com 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!

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 Whitford drive 8km along Whitford-Maraetai Road, then turn right up Okaroro Road.. There is a parking area after 1.5km at the end of the road. There is no sign to the forest. Ride up the road that crosses a cattle stop on your left as you reach the end of the road, then watch out for styles over fences as you ride towards the forest. There are no signs so you need the map that comes with the $10 day permit available from the g.a.s. service station in Maraetai. From Maraetai access is via the gate at the end of Rewa Road.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    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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