Forest Closed – Where To Ride?

Update 28/3/13: Riverhead Forest is now open again for MTB

The long, dry summer is taking it’s toll on our riding options with Riverhead the latest forest to close access due to the fire risk. With no rain on the long range forecast we thought it would be good to remind you of where you can ride.

The list of closed forests is currently:

  • Whitford
  • Maraetai
  • Dome Valley
  • Riverhead

We know it’s tempting to ignore the signs and ride anyway, but we would strongly advise against it. We’ve already seen dozens of small scrub fires this summer and only a few weeks ago firefighters were fighting a large blaze in a pine block at Dome Valley. The risk is real, and the actions of a selfish few reflect badly on the MTB community as a whole, threatening our access to these forests. Never mind the grief that would follow if a rider was actually caught in a fire.

Anyway, enough of the lecturing.

Where can you ride?

Woodhill‘s still open for now. It’s living up to it’s nickname right now (The Sandpit) but with over 100km of trails, if you venture out the back to the lesser-ridden trails there’s probably some firm riding to be had.

At Riverhead while the old tracks around Barlow Road are closed, the WCRC Compound on Old North Road is still open.

On the North Shore, the Royal Albany trails are in top condition.

In the city, Arch Hill is always available for a quick spin.

Slightly easier options are available too; out west, you have Exhibition Drive/Beveridge Trail in Titirangi, and at the other end of the Manukau the Manukau Coastal Walkway runs from Ambury Farm.

All the regional parks are still open, including Waharau (if you don’t mind the scenic drive to get there).

Down south Totara Park and Puni are good if you’re in the area.

And last but definitely not least, Hunua offers plenty of options and some of the best year-round riding in Auckland. If you’ve never ridden there before, take a map and try the River Trail first then follow the signs. Don’t forget a dip in the swimming hole when you get back to the car park. 🙂

So there’s still plenty of riding to be had if you know where to look. Be safe out there, and have fun!

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