Craters MTB Park & PanPac MTB Park - Where We Ride
CRATERS MTB PARK is located in the Wairakei Forest on the northern side of Taupo. The park is an easy 6km ride from the Taupo town centre, or riders can drive out to a new purpose built parking area (The Hub) located on the corner of the Thermal Explorer Highway and Huka Falls Road (opposite Kefi Café). There is direct access to Craters MTB Park via a tunnel under the Thermal Explorer Highway (Wairakei Drive).
Craters MTB Park features around 50km of single-track ranging from Grade 2-5. The Park is predominantly cross-country (XC) trail riding. The free-draining pumice soil enables all year round riding which means you can visit Craters anytime and have a great ride – mud is a rarity 😊.
Bike Taupo build and manage the trails at Craters so visitors are required to purchase an access pass ($10 for 7 days) – these can be sourced online from www.biketaupo.org.nz or purchased at one of the many local bike shops in town, Kefi Café or FourB – both located out at The Hub entry to the Park. Riders taking part in a Mountain Bike Skills Taupo session do not need to purchase a pass – access for the duration of the session is included as part of MTB Skills operating concession.
The Taupo Mountain Bike Club run several social and competitive events throughout the year at Craters catering for all ages and abilities of riders. Club Members are rewarded with sponsor discounts and reduced entry fees to events so it is well worth joining the local Club: www.mountainbiketaupo.org.nz.
PANPAC MTB PARK - ESKDALE, HAWKES BAY
Purpose built MTB trails of various gradings to challenge the avid mountain biker. This is the home of the Hawkes Bay MTB Club who have huge plans for some fantastic trail building in the logged blocks with more grade 2 and 3 trails on offer.