This dual-purpose track is described here for mountain bikers, from Okahu Road to River Road. See Moerangi Track for tramping information on other sections of the track.
For the passionate mountain biker the track has earned itself a reputation as a 'must do' track. With 35 km of challenging single track and 1000 m of climbing it's a ride that demands respect but also offers rich rewards - what goes up inevitably comes down!
The three huts on the track are a great place to have a rest and let others catch up. They also pose an opportunity to turn this demanding ride into an overnight adventure.
Distance: 7 km
Leaving the car park the trail immediately climbs towards the first saddle gaining 100 m in height in just 1 km. The rewards are instant. The trail then has an undulating descent following the Whangatawhia Stream for a further 6 km. There are numerous bridges to cross before reaching Skips Hut.
Distance: 6 km
From Skips Hut the trail continues along the Whangatawhia Stream a short distance before beginning a sustained climb of 150 m. Once the saddle is reached after 2 km, a fast and flowing 2.5 km descent follows. Rogers Hut is the perfect stopping point at the confluence of the Moerangi and Wairoa streams.
Distance: 9 km
Leaving Rogers Hut the track heads west (take a right at the junction) up the Moerangi Stream. This section is an undulating climb with some steeper pinches. The right hand side of the track has some exposed sections with large drop offs - take care. Don’t miss the short detour to Moerangi Hut if you are keen on a visit.
Distance: 13 km
Immediately from the hut the real climbing begins. The trail continues to weave its way up the Moerangi Stream for a short period before ascending the saddle. The climb is steep and sustained gaining almost 300 m - most will find it a challenge. A rest point is available at the saddle and some cell phone reception is possible.
From the saddle it's a fast and long descent loosely following the ridge line before dropping down to the Whirinaki River. Take care as the sides of the track have large drop offs. This is a stunning section of downhill riding that is sure to please.
From Te Whaiti Nui A Toi Canyon it is a short climb to the River Rd car park.
Navigation tip: keep an eye on the green trail markers that line the side of the Moerangi Track to ensure you stay on track.
Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park is 90 km south east of Rotorua.
From Murupara travel south east along Te Whaiti Rd. Once you reach Te Whaiti this road becomes Ruatahuna Rd. Continue along this road for a further 7.5 km until you reach a right hand turn to Okahu Valley Rd. The car park is 9 km south on Okahu Valley Rd. Alternatively, from Te Whaiti turn left onto Minginui Road and follow the signs to River Road car park.
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