2.7 miles
933 ft
-836 ft
Avg time

Challenge Track Details

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
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  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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This is the first MTB track that was opened in the area. It’s a toughie and we know it has scared off a few beginners from the area – come back and ride the LOWER MANGATAWHIRI LOOP! The Challenge Trail follows a ridge above the dam and therefore traverses some pretty steep up and downs. Only try this one in the dry! It’s hard enough walking up those slopes in the wet let alone riding!

Anyway, it’s a good challenge for a fit rider and rewards you with some stunning views – you can look north and see the Sky Tower as a tiny little stick in the distance. There are also views down either side to the Mangatawhiri and Wairoa Dams. The story goes that someone has managed to ride this one with only 2 feet-downs. I can remember my best being 14!

From the campground, ride up towards and past the dam. Follow the signs taking you on a 4km gravel road climb alongside the Reservoir – good speedy in/out up/down until the climb proper starts. At the top the signs turn you back onto the main ridge and the tough single track begins. The route then comes out onto Moumoukai Road, where you drove in. Don’t forget to take the great 7 minute single track downhill on the left of the road halfway down. There had been plans to make this downhill from the very top, but a recent subsidence has curtailed this for now.

Access Info

Head up Waterline Road from the carpark past the dam, turn left at Wairoa Hill Road. track Starts on the left

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More Stats for Challenge Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    97 ft
  • Altitude min
    919 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,253 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,032 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,128 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.2 miles
  • Distance down
    1.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,033 ft
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on Jan 17, 2016
Avg: 2.8 (6 votes)

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Jan 17, 2016 @ 11:07am
Jan 17, 2016
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