Hatupatu is an alternative end to the Tuhoto Ariki Trail bringing you back towards the main network of trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest. Built by the Rotorua Mountain Bike club and named with respect to the warrior who hunted in this area made famous through legend.
Running through mature forest containing, tawa, mahoe, five finger with mistletoe and juvenile rata. The surroundings means that Hatupatu provides an experience unlike other trails in the area. The trail is generally undulating but descends a total of 160 m over its 1 km distance. The grading comes from the off camber benching and roots, not the steepness of the descent. A challenging ride for those who like technical trails.
Head south on State Highway 5 from Rotorua city. 1 km from the city limit on the left you'll find the Waipa Mill, the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Forest. From the Waipa Mill carpark, ride up the Waipa State Mill Rd which will turn into Hill Rd.
Follow this for 5.5 km until Moerangi Rd appears on your right, 1km on this and turn left onto Tawa Rd after 2.5 km you'll be at the highest point in the forest and the start of the Tuhoto Ariki Trail.
Continue down the Tuhoto Ariki Trail for 3 km and on the right is the entrance to Hatupatu.