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      Craters Mountain Bike Park in the Wairakei Forest is a bike park featuring a wide range of trails suitable for riders of all ages, experience levels and riding styles.
      With trails varying in length, from a few hundred meters to over ten kilometers, there are plenty of options to choose from, allowing you to escape for just an hour or two or have a full day on the trails.

      Craters MTB Park is a managed forest that has allowed for the creation of fantastic trails underneath the exotic pine plantations. The volcanic pumice soils allow for year round riding with free draining qualities that are not found anywhere else in New Zealand.

      All users of Craters MTB Park must be a member of Bike Taupo. There are annual and visitor options, you can join online or visit a local cycle shop, or the Hub Kitchen Cafe.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      AKA: Craters of the Moon
      Craters MTB Car park google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Craters MTB Park is located 10 minutes north of Taupo in the Wairakei Forest. When driving north from Taupo turn left onto Karapiti Road. The main car park is 500m up on the left.

      Alternatively the park can be accessed by parking on the grass opposite ‘the big helicopter’ and riding back across SHW5 and up Inwards Goods which is to the left of Karopiti Rd.

      There is a third access beside SHW5 about 500m back towards Taupo on the western side of the road which enters the forest near the start of Bumble Bee/BBC and SH Fun.
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      (www.biketaupo.org.nz)

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails
      46
      Total Distance
      38.8 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      16.1 miles
      Total Descent
      1.4 miles
      Highest Trailhead
      1,772 ft
      Total Vertical
      595 ft
      Reports
      83
      Photos
      9
      Ridden Counter
      1,812

      Photos of Wairakei Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Outback
      13 |
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:45am
      Jan 12, 2017
      Outback, My City
      trail: Outback
      9 |
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:45am
      Jan 12, 2017
      Outback, My City
      trail: Outback
      10 |
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:45am
      Jan 12, 2017
      Outback, My City
      trail: Tourist Trap
      10 |
      Jan 8, 2017 @ 11:42pm
      Jan 8, 2017
      Tourist Trap, Taupo
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      Videos of Wairakei Forest Mountain Bike

      16' Dual Slalom Champs - Rotorua Bike Festival
      trail: Slalom
      2:50 | 2464 | Feb 18, 2015
      OGO Dual Slalom Edit 2014
      trail: Slalom
      3:16 | 363 | Feb 20, 2014
      Taupo Craters Mountain Bike Park - Coaster trail
      trail: Coaster
      143 | Dec 21, 2016 , Taupo
      Mountain Biking Craters of The Moon - 'SH Fun'
      trail: SH Fun
      107 | Dec 20, 2016 , Taupo
      more videos »

      Wairakei Forest Mountain Bike Routes

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      Craters Classic 35km race
      21.6 miles
      Craters Classic - 25km race
      16.0 miles
      Craters Classic 12.5km race
      7.7 miles
      Craters Classic 2017 - 38km race
      21.0 miles

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