Edd’s ride report and photos – Whirinaki

Spent the weekend in Whirinaki with the Auckland MTB club.

Check out Edd’s Flickr site for photos

Saturday we rode the road from Minginui round to the start of the new Moerangi MTB track. Although can shuttle this, we all reckoned it made for a great warm-up ride.

The track to the first hut was some of the best singletrack I’ve ridden in the North Island. A fair bit of climbing but it always rewarded you with a really sweet flowing – and technical in places – descent.

From there it seemed to climb forever past two more huts and up to the 920m high point, before very quickly dropping over 500m to the track end.

By the time we got back to our campsite we’d clocked over 70kms and 5.5hrs of riding time. With no running water there was nothing for it but a bracing dip in the river to clean up.

Then on Sunday we did the 16km Whirinaki MTB Track:

I’d been meaning to visit this one since it opened a few years back and wasn’t disappointed. Stunning native forest, lovingly crafted trails – including the famous tree-trunk bridge – and a real fun blast back down to the carpark in the latter half of the loop.

With the addition of the Moerangi track, Whirinaki’s now a must-do weekend trip in it’s own right. It’s worth saying that while DOC have done a fantastic job on the 35km track, it’s serious back-country riding; big hills, not a hint of mobile phone reception and a long ride back to civilisation. If you were to get into trouble up there it would be serious. Thankfully our only incident was a broken chain.

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