99.9 miles
Distance
14,906 ft
Climb
-14,822 ft
Descent
2,528 ft
High Point
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The Whaka100 is considered one of the Southern Hemisphere's toughest mountain bike marathon and it is about to step up to the next level in 2021 with the DCA Architects Whaka Miler. Setting off under lights in the early hours of Sunday morning this will be the race of all races, 160 kilometres of the best trails with technical terrain and famous stem chewing climbs with over 4500 vertical metres. Only the most determined athletes will make it to the finish within the 15 hour race window ​

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DCA Architects Whaka miler 2021 (Final) is a 100 mile intermediate race route located near Rotorua. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 88 trails. This route climbs 14,906 ft with a max elevation of 2,528 ft then descends -14,822 ft.
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60 Reviews & Comments

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Tully01 (Jul 30, 2022 at 2:15)
Ridden today as part of the Forest Loop but instead of turning right onto Windy Road as the sign suggests turn left on Windy Rd for 50mtrs then you will see the continuation of Te Pou Koropu on the right which is an easy ride that will bring you out at the far end of the Tawa hub - but don't take the return loop entrance at the end unless you wish to return. The track is in good order even after recent rains. Thus xhould be included in the Forest loop.
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Tully01 (Jul 30, 2022 at 2:15)
Ridden today as part of the Forest Loop but instead of turning right onto Windy Road as the sign suggests turn left on Windy Rd for 50mtrs then you will see the continuation of Te Pou Koropu on the right which is an easy ride that will bring you out at the far end of the Tawa hub - but don't take the return loop entrance at the end unless you wish to return. The track is in good order even after recent rains. Thus xhould be included in the Forest loop.
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donalduck (Jun 26, 2022 at 16:53)
Pretty good argument for making this a G5. It’s just as technical, maybe even more so than it’s G5 neighbour Te Ahi Manawa, and overall steeper.
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donalduck (Jun 26, 2022 at 16:53)
Pretty good argument for making this a G5. It’s just as technical, maybe even more so than it’s G5 neighbour Te Ahi Manawa, and overall steeper.
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 26, 2022 at 0:52)
A bit more singletrack on the side of the road. Both get drowned in the winter.
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 23:30)
Trail Tūkonohi
Mainly technical with droppy features
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 23:06)
Warm rocks under your feet and cool kiwi and geysers
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 23:04)
Flowy single-track with tight climbs and open descents
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 23:04)
Flowy single-track with tight climbs and open descents
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 22:16)
Exit is long and flat but great trail
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 22:16)
Exit is long and flat but great trail
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 22:05)
Smooth and scenic climb track
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 21:51)
Trail Bunny Jugs 1
Rooty fast small and smooth tech track
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 21:44)
Tight uphill singletrack
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 21:44)
Tight uphill singletrack
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 21:31)
Smooth track up
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 21:16)
Smooth and fast track with uphill and downhill
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 19:56)
Extra jumps and drops that can catch you off guard
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 18:23)
To an intersection in the open with different sometimes muddy lines
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HagmanNZ (Jun 4, 2022 at 20:08)
Trail Tuhoto Ariki
Trail is in mint condition. The trail builders have added a lot of sand to eliminate the puddles and bogs. It has reduced the technicality of the trail but after all the rain we've had recently - you can't tell cos the trail is really dry due to the sand.
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HagmanNZ (Jun 4, 2022 at 20:06)
Still in good condition. Getting a bit overgrown through lack of use.
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Pete31 (Apr 10, 2022 at 2:00)
Trail Tuhoto Ariki
A great trail with lots of technical rooty sections to challenge your skills, hats off to the zen masters that can ride it without putting a foot down or getting off to push over an obstacle.
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Pete31 (Apr 10, 2022 at 1:53)
Trail Split Enz
So far this is the most fun downhill track I've done in the park, flows really nice with great speed, rutted sections add to the smiles as you hold on tight. Legs definitely are feeling the burn by the end though.
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Samwak (Jan 30, 2022 at 11:42)
Trail Tuhoto Ariki
Awesome trail through natives. Three parts, two that flow and mid section more cross country with some nice challenging rooty climbs
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Baykiwiscot (Jan 3, 2022 at 15:12)
Trail Soakhole
The climb section should be marked as closed. It has been disrupted by quarrying and is unrideable for large sections.
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Baykiwiscot (Jan 3, 2022 at 15:12)
Trail Soakhole
The climb section should be marked as closed. It has been disrupted by quarrying and is unrideable for large sections.
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Tully01 (Dec 18, 2021 at 21:40)
Rode this today while on our way to Shark v Eagle.
Posted as Grade 2 but I would not recommended to anybody who cannot manage grade 3. It is a knarly climb and challenging in places and probably should be a G3 when you looking at Grade 3 description. The track was otherwise in good order
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Tully01 (Dec 18, 2021 at 21:40)
Rode this today while on our way to Shark v Eagle.
Posted as Grade 2 but I would not recommended to anybody who cannot manage grade 3. It is a knarly climb and challenging in places and probably should be a G3 when you looking at Grade 3 description. The track was otherwise in good order
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Tully01 (Dec 18, 2021 at 21:16)
Rode the challenge block of trails today, all in good order and fun to ride. We did take the wrong turn where trails cross so deep idea to do it again
. Average G3 track ride.
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Tully01 (Dec 18, 2021 at 20:43)
Rode this track with wife on our way back to the car park. Maybe it was because we had knocked out nearly 40kms on other tracks but I wouldn't call this track fast and flowey through its length as over the years the base soil has worn down exposing a very root exposed track. It is in good order but in places quite knarly which could catch a rider out. Still challenging and enjoyable as a G3 track
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 17:00)
Ridden 29/9/21 as part of the Forest Loop. Track as alway is non technical and in excellent condition
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:53)
Have ridden this several times and an awesome first section on the Forest Loop. Some easy switch backs and climbing but not technical. Track was in excellent condition as always. Ridden again 29/9/21.
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:53)
Have ridden this several times and an awesome first section on the Forest Loop. Some easy switch backs and climbing but not technical. Track was in excellent condition as always. Ridden again 29/9/21.
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:38)
Rode 29/9/21 as part of returning on the Forest Loop. Use this old Forest Road which is partially single track if you don't fancy riding 8 kms of concrete footpath to get back to the carpark. Turn left at the end onto Sandstone Road.
The entry is on the northern side of 8 Mile Gate Road almost opposite to where you arrive on the footpath that you have ridden from Baja.
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:38)
Rode 29/9/21 as part of returning on the Forest Loop. Use this old Forest Road which is partially single track if you don't fancy riding 8 kms of concrete footpath to get back to the carpark. Turn left at the end onto Sandstone Road.
The entry is on the northern side of 8 Mile Gate Road almost opposite to where you arrive on the footpath that you have ridden from Baja.
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:29)
Trail Baja
Rode this 29/9/21 as part of the Forest Loop. A non technical connection through picturesque bush to come out on the TeAra Ahi trail - concrete footpath. Leave this at 8 mile gate Road and use Phillips and Sandstone Roads to get back unless you enjoy concrete footpaths. Baja was in excellent condition.
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Tully01 (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:29)
Trail Baja
Rode this 29/9/21 as part of the Forest Loop. A non technical connection through picturesque bush to come out on the TeAra Ahi trail - concrete footpath. Leave this at 8 mile gate Road and use Phillips and Sandstone Roads to get back unless you enjoy concrete footpaths. Baja was in excellent condition.
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wideopennewzealand (Jun 17, 2021 at 13:21)
I just rode two days in the bike park (usually riding in Wellington gnar) and this track was my favourite from the whole trip. So much fun on the xc bike
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wideopennewzealand (Jun 17, 2021 at 13:21)
I just rode two days in the bike park (usually riding in Wellington gnar) and this track was my favourite from the whole trip. So much fun on the xc bike
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u7A5p (Feb 5, 2021 at 16:31)
Trail Old Chevy
Done twice, level 3 too difficult. More difficult then Arepa.
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Gonezo (Jan 6, 2021 at 1:16)
Trail Rockdrop
Rockdrop extension (mentioned in the description) is no longer an option, as the trail has been closed/destroyed to make room for the new Forest Loop 1 trail.
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Teresashailer (Dec 24, 2020 at 17:19)
Nice climb uphill, not many roots at all, just a steady climb up. Good for Grade 2 who want to try a Grade 3
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Gonezo (May 30, 2020 at 19:15)
Rode this new trail for the first time today. Fantastic trail, well built and super smooth and clean. Made the uphill to Tokorangi Peak that much more enjoyable.
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Gonezo (Mar 26, 2020 at 2:51)
Trail Creek
Great length and variety on this trail. Some nice flowy short downhill sections and short climbs as well. Flat overall though, and a real labyrinth of a section on the last 1/3 through the redwood trees.
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longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Mar 10, 2020 at 0:03)
Trail No Brains
Boring
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GrantO (Feb 27, 2020 at 19:54)
Trail Baja
Great ride for those learning
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GrantO (Feb 27, 2020 at 19:54)
Trail Baja
Great ride for those learning
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Gonezo (Feb 5, 2020 at 19:53)
Awesome trail, great scenery, nice and smooth not too many roots, however wouldn't really agree with the "downhill primary" label. The first 1/2 to 2/3 is uphill, and there's a relatively short downhill after that. The return trail "Yellow Brick Road Return" is much more fun, mostly downhill and flowy. We took our 2 year old on it and he was just giggling with excitement the whole way down. Definitely a great fun trail for anyone who's new to mountain biking.
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Gonezo (Feb 5, 2020 at 19:53)
Awesome trail, great scenery, nice and smooth not too many roots, however wouldn't really agree with the "downhill primary" label. The first 1/2 to 2/3 is uphill, and there's a relatively short downhill after that. The return trail "Yellow Brick Road Return" is much more fun, mostly downhill and flowy. We took our 2 year old on it and he was just giggling with excitement the whole way down. Definitely a great fun trail for anyone who's new to mountain biking.
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Gonezo (Feb 5, 2020 at 19:53)
Awesome trail, great scenery, nice and smooth not too many roots, however wouldn't really agree with the "downhill primary" label. The first 1/2 to 2/3 is uphill, and there's a relatively short downhill after that. The return trail "Yellow Brick Road Return" is much more fun, mostly downhill and flowy. We took our 2 year old on it and he was just giggling with excitement the whole way down. Definitely a great fun trail for anyone who's new to mountain biking.
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MaximusM (Jan 14, 2020 at 20:55)
Trail Tahi
Bit of a mess
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FranSmith (Dec 3, 2019 at 21:54)
Trail Box of Birds
Absolute beauty, the trail that just keeps giving.
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MTBK1W1 (May 3, 2019 at 0:08)
A new trail has been made and it is pretty awesome
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Sammyp86 (Apr 8, 2019 at 14:35)
Trail Gunna Gotta
Such a sick trail. Turned out to be my favourite in the Redwoods. Rode it three times back to back Fast, chutey and narrow.Super fun and challenging track.
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CharlieCrammond (Jan 30, 2019 at 21:02)
Aa
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Mulletcocktail (Dec 29, 2018 at 23:11)
Trail Box of Birds
Quality single track. Interesting riding from the go with hardly any pedalling. Good wet weather choice.
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DDB1 (Feb 3, 2018 at 15:05)
Trail No Brains
I have always wondered about this outback trail as have lived nearby for years and never ridden it. I will not bother again. Its right out there on a limb and, the climb is a loose and fairly steep access road. The downhill trail is really naff. Not very technical and squanders elevation. Certainly not a grade 4, grade 3 for sure. The only redeeming feature is the view from the top. That said you get a better view from top of Timewarp or Kung Fu. Two thumbs down from me!
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Dizo (Aug 29, 2017 at 0:39)
One of my favourites
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MountainSnail (Jun 3, 2017 at 18:17)
Trail Lentil Link
Looks like it's been rebuilt ...
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Kirstyc (May 14, 2017 at 17:16)
Trail G Rock
Bottom is now no longer a track. Had to ride through ruts and mud caused by logging.
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Trails in Route

Te Puia Geothermal Loop Walk2,530 ft
Hemo Gorge Trail5,013 ft
Forest Loop, Te Pikitanga Whangapipiro (Mud Pool)1 mile
Forest Loop - Arepa Weherua2,543 ft
Forest Loop, Te Koromete Tītokorangi1,302 ft
Forest Loop, Tūhua (Part 1)935 ft
Forest Loop, Tūhua (Part 2)1,795 ft
Box of Birds + Fluffy Duck lines1,824 ft
Box of Birds exit1,368 ft
Scion's back door2,972 ft
Radio Hut Road2,398 ft
Forest Loop, Te Pikitanga Whangapipiro (Mud Pool)1,125 ft
Trig Road2,234 ft
Mudpool Road404 ft
Tahi Extension381 ft
Tahi1 mile
Creek2 miles
Creek, alternate line through Baker's Hollow223 ft
Piglet1,273 ft
Challenge Uphill1,391 ft
Arepa (Alpha) 13,894 ft
Arepa (uphill section)2,789 ft
Te Huinga1,900 ft
Tokorangi Pā Road1 mile
Box of Birds1,837 ft
Box of Birds + Fluffy Duck lines2,067 ft
Box of Birds exit1,411 ft
Alternate Tokorangi Pa Road1 mile
Gunna Gotta4,629 ft
Paddy's Run (A Trail)3,737 ft
Paddy's Run, Family Exit879 ft
Te Pou Koropū2 miles
Tūkonohi3,025 ft
Lentil Link351 ft
Te Pou Koropū666 ft
Be Rude Not To1 mile
Te Ara Puna1,411 ft
Bunny Jugs 128 miles
Direct Road4,498 ft
Up to Minerals, Tumeke and Tuteata223 ft
Frontal Lobotomy3,504 ft
Tuhoto Ariki2 miles
Kung Fu Walrus4,268 ft
Jeff's Link1,798 ft
Baja2,533 ft
Mossy Loop2 miles
Phillips Road1 mile
No Brains4,669 ft
No Brains Extension2,218 ft
Yellow Brick Road3,031 ft
Pondy Elevator4,167 ft
Time Warp2,867 ft
Split Enz3 miles
Rocky to Ring581 ft
Moonshine1,598 ft
Chop Suey1,637 ft
Up to Minerals, Tumeke and Tuteata223 ft
Frontal Lobotomy3,501 ft
G Rock3,327 ft
Chestnut Link 12,431 ft
Kung Fu Walrus4,268 ft
Jeff's Link3,773 ft
Baja2,582 ft
Mossy Trail, Te Huanui1,486 ft
Mossy Loop2 miles
Phillips Road1 mile
Dump Road3,763 ft
Some Brains1,755 ft
Yellow Brick Road1 mile
Forest Road: Link Ring Road to Sandy Skid Road604 ft
Old Chevy2 miles
Larch Road3,022 ft
Lion Trail3,566 ft
Challenge Rockdrop Link285 ft
Challenge Exit673 ft
Rockdrop Up Link207 ft
Rockdrop2,523 ft
Rockdrop B Line564 ft
Rosebank3,005 ft

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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Sunday October 24, 2021
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for DCA Architects Whaka miler 2021 (Final) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    943 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,003 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,086 ft
  • Grade max
    -57.3%
  • Grade min
    77.5%
  • Distance climb
    46 miles
  • Distance down
    46 miles
  • Distance flat
    9 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Moonshine
Aug 12, 2022 @ 10:16pm
10 hours
Cleaned up a lot of debris. Reinstated an old line by removing a rat run at end of Te Mounga.
Hemo Gorge Trail
Aug 11, 2022 @ 11:49pm
1 day
Made reasonable progress on the seal section. About 2/3rds done. Dug a trench down one side. Found the outlet for first drain and Cleared the overgrown outlet. Swept debris from weed whacking. Started to take crown off side of metalled trail so water can get away. Will be good to see what happens in the rain.
Chop Suey
Aug 11, 2022 @ 8:19pm
1 day
clearing drains and debri off track. all good.
Tuhoto Ariki
Aug 9, 2022 @ 7:51pm
Aug 9, 2022
2 Trees cleared. 1 about 3/4 of the way down and 1 at the exit CK/AF
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Aug 9, 2022 @ 4:15pm
Aug 9, 2022
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