Whitford/Maraetai MTB Forest Tracks
Maraetai and Whitford forest offer some very technical and challenging MTB tracks, these often have sections which are steep, off camber, slippery (especially when wet) and exposed to tree roots; caution is required. Jumps are spread throughout most tracks and vary in height, these should be attempted by experienced riders only as injury can result from poor landings. All jumps have a bypass to ride around them. (Caution signs are as yet to be installed).
If in doubt, stop and check it out !! Ride within your limits and have fun.
Maraetai Forest Tracks
MARAETAI FOREST CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RIDING. Some of our tracks are being logged.
Access is via the top of the passing lane on Siberia hill, 600 Whitford Maraetai Rd at the gravel area. Ride up the road through the two sets of gates. Or alternately from the gate 1km up Waikopua Road.
Some of the tracks are tricky, or even unridable, during/after winter rains. All tracks run at their best in summer. Although they’re all rideable on an XC bike, you’ll get maximum enjoyment if you have a dropper post.
Has been recently renovated – just don’t ride it on Sundays when archery is on. (self explanatory). Gets very muddy in mid-winter.
Sleepy Hollow 2
Short fun track that is rideable the whole year.
The Boss 3
Currently being worked on by volunteers August 2014. New bridge has been built to cross the stream at the bottom. (thank you to Nigel). Yet to be officially opened.
The Postie Run 3
Recently renovated in August 2014 running sweet for a short loop.
The Milk Run 3
Twisty and rooty. Pay attention to not get lost.
Grim Raker 4
Off-camber, rooty goodness. Technically challenging but very rewarding.
High Road 2/3
Nana route that runs parallel to Grim Raker. Open and easy, apart from the last steep bit that is shared with Grim Raker.
Charging Pig 3
Flows downhill to start and then becomes a flowing cross country track up and down to exit on the road heading towards Waikopua Rd. There are a couple of streams to cross and can be very muddy. A decent length of track which is great to ride when dry.
Get a Perm/Pig 5
Currently Closed – opening for summer
If you would like a copy of the maps and a permit to ride in the forests, join here.