Club Rides 2010

Monthly Rides – updated 31/08/10

Righty-ho, have we got a corker of a year lined up for you. We are always asked to put on new rides, both in and out of Auckland and we reckon this is a great mix. Dates shown where known otherwise we’ll keep updating this page so check back often.

Please please note: bring your up to date membership card. We’ll be charging attendance fees of $10-20 but free for members. Why? Because we buy resources, put ride leaders on first aid courses etc that subs pay for. If you are not a member but want to come along then you have to throw some money into the pot. Simple as that 🙂

Feb – 27/28th – Whanagamata

March – 6/7th – Whirinaki

April – 10th – Waharau Regional Park

May – Whitford

June – 5/6/7 – Vegas/Whirinaki/Taupo

July – Hunua

August – Te Aroha

September – Royal Albany Trails

October – Oropi Grove/Summerhill

November – Queen Charlotte

December – 42nd Traverse


Weekend trip: 27/28th February 2010 – Whangamata (single day options possible)

Trip details – here

In the shade, trying to replace fluids

Ride report – coming soon


Weekend trip: 6/7 March 2010 – Whirinaki

Trip details – here

Try not to weave about too much.....

It goes up a bit then....

Weekend ride report from Edd – here

Moerangi track ride report from Nicky – here

Waharau Regional Park

Day Ride: April 2010 (Saurday 10th) – Waharau Regional Park

Trip details here

Ride report here

Heading back for a slap-up BBQ and cold beer


Day ride: May 15th Whitford Forest

Paul our guide was all smiles while we slipped and crashed all over the place

Trip details here

Ride report and photos here


Weekend ride: 5/6/7 June – Queens B’day weekend

Riding Pondy Downhill in the near-dry conditions. It would be very different come the N-Duro the following weekend!

Trip details here

Report and photos here


Day ride: July – Hunua trails we’ve been building (Mangatawhiri Dam area)

Check out the Hunua trails page on our website for more info on these trails that we’re rightly proud of. Great singltrack, all weather and mixed terrain. A good day out and possibly will be in use as a race venue later in the year…..

Te Aroha

Day Ride: August 29 – Te Aroha

So this ride kind of got overlooked with the AGM and race series kicking off but Geoff Buysman showed a few of our riders around the superb trails that the Te Aroha guys have been building. It is worth another trip down there I reckon but for now, here is a brief report from a wet-through Aidan.

Royal Albany Trails

Day ride: Sept – Royal Albany Trails

James and the boys have continued to cut and form new trails and the Auckland MTB Club will be helping them out through 2010 to keep the momentum going. September might be a muddy time of year to ride but that’s part of the fun ;-).

A great venue, right on your door step and not too far from some good bars in Albany….perfect!

Oropi Grove/Summerhill

16 October – Oropi Grove/Summerhill

Starting at 10am we will meet at Oropi grove.

This one of Tauranga’s old tracks that has just been given a face lift. The club ride will see us head up a super short climb before dropping in to a fast flowing single track with bermed corners (grade 3), there are a few jumps with bypass options.

For those who have some puff left in them we will take a quick drive over to Papamoa to hit the trails at Summer Hill Farm mtb trails.

Summerhill is a rapidly growing MTB venue a few kms into the Papamoa Hills where we should be able to hit 20km of good riding on the challenging, mostly singletrack terrain. A great ride for those of you that have never been.

We have arranged accommodation at Mt Maunganui at a cost of $15 for the night. For those who are after a bite to eat and a quiet drink we will head towards the main street at the Mount to the Astrolabe or the mount hot salt water pools.

And those who plan to head to the Whaka 100, its only a 40minute drive to get there

Info on the trails and directions available on the Tauranga MTB club website here.

To register your interest, sort out accomodation etc contact Tim directly by email.


Queen Charlotte

Day trip: 19-21 November – Queen Charlotte

To quote the Kennett brothers “This is the longest single track ride in NZ. Add to that the lovely coastal scenery, good cafes and accommodation stops along the way and a brilliant beach section at the end, and you have a recipe for one of the best weekend rides in NZ”

This is a must do ride on every mountain bikers list. The thinking is to do a 3 day trip as follows so as to cater for a range of riding abilities and fitness. May also look at a 2 day ride if there is enough interest.

Day 1:
Morning – Travel from Auckland to Picton
Afternoon – Water Taxi to Ships Cove and ride to Furneaux (approx 15km riding)
Stay at Ferneaux Lodge

Day 2:
Ride Ferneaux to Portage (approx 35 km)
Stay at Portage

Day 3:
Ride Portage to Anakiwa (approx 21km)and on to Picton (approx 20km) (also option of getting water taxi from Anakiwa if you want)
Arrive Picton early/mid afternoon, travel back to Auckland

– Costs for water taxi, bag transfers, and accommodation (bunk room/shared bathroom) approx $160. There are other options for more upmarket accommodation if you are happy to pay more.

– Travel costs based on flying to Blenheim and getting shuttle bus to Picton approx $300. Other options such as driving/flying to Wellington and getting flight or ferry to Picton are also available.

Not sure what numbers we are looking at yet – will depend on travel options and accommodation availability. Probably somewhere between 12 and 20. As I will have to pre-book and pay for the accommodation a deposit of about $100 per person will be required.

Please email Maurice Mills if you are interested – first in first served, so don’t leave it too late and miss out. The sooner we can confirm numbers the more chance of getting cheap flights, and accommodation books out real quickly

42nd Traverse

Weekend trip: December 11/12 – 42nd Traverse

The 42 traverse is one of the premium MTB rides in New Zealand.

Check into the accommodation at Howard’s Mountain Lodge sometime on Friday night and meet up with the rest of the gang.

Assemble for the shuttle to pick us up around 9:30am* and head up to the 42nd Traverse.
The shuttle will then return us to Howard’s Mountain Lodge, Shower and freshen up and head into Basekamp for a evening.
*Weather pending

For those who are keen we will head over towards Fisher trail or thepines for a morning ride before returning to the big smoke
*Weather pending

1 or more spare tubes 1 Pump or Co2 kit 1 Chain link Warm clothing
Camelback or 2 bottles Lube Helmet Gloves
If you fail to bring these basics your shuttle fee will be refunded and you will be excluded, Yes we will check – we’ve been burnt before! If you’re not sure your bike or kit is up to scratch, take it in to one of our sponsor shops (R&R Sport or Wallis Cycles) and they’ll tell you if it needs a service or tweak.

Shuttle Only $37
Accomodation only $60 (Dorm rooms only)
Shuttle/Accommodation $ 97

Non Members:
Shuttle $45
Accomdation only $70
Shuttle/Accommodation $ 115

Click here to sign up…..Limited to 32 riders.

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