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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 8 riders
 

Mountain Biking Whitford Forest

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#129 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#7,472 in the world

If you're not a local there are some difficulties in getting to ride the awesome trails in this forest. First up you need a permit because it's a production forest on private land. Secondly, as it's not a public park, the local mountain bike club is not helpful to the general public.

So don't rock up and expect a fun day riding. There are a couple of little hoops you need to jump through first. It's worth it; during summer these trails are the best in Auckland for fit intermediate and advanced riders.

You can get a permit from the Howick Information Centre for $10. Phone 09 534 4796 first to ensure the manager is there because only she can issue them! Don't leave without the trail map - you're going to need it.

You can't get a permit through short-term membership of the local club. You have to join up for a year for $40. They'll send you a map along with the permit because you can't download a map from their website at www.pcbc.co.nz. But despite appearances, they are a friendly bunch and great to ride with, so if you're an Aucklander, the $40 is a great investment.

The signage in the forest is minimalist! You'll see trail name signs but no grade or distance. Deep in the big bad forest you'll come to many forks with no signage - try keep track of where you are and allow plenty of time to find your way back to the car park! You won't have cell phone reception.

Finally, let me say that I wanted to write about the amazing trails in this forest rather than the side issues!! It would be great New Zealand mountain bike clubs didn't build trails in production forests!

Text by jimcummings

First added by james_murdie on Jan 1, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
This forest is located about 45 kms from downtown Auckland. You need a permit to ride the trails. Get it from the Howick Information Centre at 91 Picton St, phone 09-534 4796. Then head out to Whitford and follow Whitford-Maraetai Road for 6km to the small car park on the right on top of the hill.
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  • kiwi_mtb
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    Slog in...several outs

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  • Jim Cummings
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    All trails are closed. The forest has been logged and the trails need rebuilding!!! Meantime the club has made lots of great new trails in Maraetai Forest. Check out the club's website for news: http://www.pcbc.co.nz/

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  • Jim Cummings
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    Stunning singletrack for the fit and the skilled. It's in a production pine plantation with many brilliant trails hanging off a few forest roads. Be sure to read the Singletracks "About this trail" before heading out there...

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