22.7 miles
2,980 ft
-2,979 ft
1,664 ft
High Point

Loop from Tikitapu Blue Lake around Whaka Forest.
Most of the ride is grade 2 and 3 mtb single track with some good flow sections.
Small amount of cycling on gravel forest roads that are usually closed to general vehicle traffic.
There is a section of paved cycleway separated from the state highway.
There are two places for drinking water at Waipa carpark (after the paved cycleway section), and after the Sweet n Sour trail.
There is a basic cafe at Waipa carpark coffee and food etc.
A number of good sections for scenery of lakes, streams and different types of forest.

Detailed Description
Don't Forget Your Chopsticks Gordon is a 23 mile popular easy route located near Rotorua. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 2,980 ft with a max elevation of 1,664 ft then descends -2,979 ft.
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38 Reviews & Comments

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MattOGAPQs (Nov 10, 2022 at 2:41)
Old trail which isn’t very popular anymore, for good reason. Rooty without much gradient, so just awkward to ride.
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Nats1234 (Sep 2, 2022 at 23:12)
Had some folks riding the wrong direction today, insisting it was two-way. Not sure if there is any extra signage that could be out up to help with that?
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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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brush29 (Jul 15, 2022 at 11:04)
Trail Puarenga
Stream side
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brush29 (Jul 15, 2022 at 11:02)
Trail Puarenga
Stream track side
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brush29 (Jul 14, 2022 at 10:42)
Trail Puarenga
Trail is a mess again.
Trees down everywhere.
No clear way through them.
As a grade 2 Should be closed until repair.
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TracyRTT RTT (Jul 14, 2022 at 13:29)
Trail Puarenga
Hi There, thanks very much for your comment. Is is the actual Puarenga stream trail you are referring to? Or just the exit to Duck Pond Road? We are aware that the exit to Duck Pond Road is still covered in slash and is currently closed on Trailforks. Any further information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much Tracy RTT
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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 21:51)
Trail Bunny Jugs 1
Rooty fast small and smooth tech track
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 20:47)
Trail Kid's Loop
Good nicely flowy single-track
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 19:34)
Good alternate former road out
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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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Tully01 (Sep 29, 2021 at 1:42)
Ridden today as part of the Forest Loop after recent rain and track was in excellent condition as usually, lovely picturesque bush ride
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Tully01 (Sep 29, 2021 at 1:19)
Another ride on this awesome trail with one of the most photographed scenes post on line looking across the Green Lake. Trail in excellent condition even after recent rain. A great section of the Forest loop
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SamBayly (Apr 2, 2021 at 14:39)
Amazing ride and incredible views. So glad the track is open again
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Tully01 (Mar 4, 2021 at 21:01)
Rode as part of the Whaka Forest Loop. Absolutely awesome scenery and a great trail to ride. Part of the track is a recent realignment after the track was opened to use again. Some climbing but highly recommended.
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GrantO (Jan 2, 2021 at 12:16)
2021 Still Closed...
Maybe 1 day soon we can get access again.
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Jethro1999 (Aug 24, 2020 at 2:26)
Lots of roots
Nice if that's what you into but I prefer fast and flowing
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graeme-mtb (Jun 5, 2020 at 21:44)
Closed at the moment
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GeneralNumpty (May 16, 2020 at 13:06)
We started from the waipa car park so when we got to closed track between the blue and green lakes it was difficult to find an alternative route to get towards state highway 5. The lakefront Rd had tape on it, but as it was getting late we had to take it.
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GeneralNumpty (May 16, 2020 at 12:58)
Free and fast flowing... Made the trip out on the Yellow brick road worth it.
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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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Lpay5757 (Mar 10, 2020 at 0:23)
Trail Spring Roll
Is this still closed?
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evilroyslade RTT (Jun 11, 2020 at 21:07)
Trail Spring Roll
Has been logged
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Mbwood (Mar 3, 2020 at 20:06)
Lower section no longer. Starts at Princess Ann Rd.
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Mason2020 (Feb 10, 2020 at 21:34)
Sadly this trail is closed due to people swimming in the sacred lake. The lake is Tapu to the local indigenous Maori whose ancestors are buried on the island within. Please steer clear of this trail and the access road nearby until an agreement is made with the local Iwi.
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Gonezo (Feb 5, 2020 at 19:57)
Mostly downhill, fast flowing rolling lines. Fun fun fun, for new and intermediate riders alike. Better than Yellow Brick Road itself, our 2 year old was giggling with joy the entire way down (on his front mounted "Do Little" bike seat. Can't wait to do it again.
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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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GrantO (Jan 24, 2020 at 23:45)
Trail Spring Roll
Closed currently due to tree felling
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MaximusM (Jan 14, 2020 at 20:52)
Trail Puarenga
Pretty good trail for beginners, very ‘in the bush’. A couple steep ascents towards the end and a kinda hazardous descent at the start (for beginners). It has a non-signposted fork at on point where one side just leads into an overgrown dead end. Otherwise it is a fun little way to get to a highly recommended track: Yellow brick road.
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MaximusM (Jan 14, 2020 at 20:45)
Loads of fun, did it on my first time mountain biking so good for beginners. Worth the way up.
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Livee (Jan 1, 2020 at 16:05)
Currently closed
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GrantO (Dec 27, 2019 at 14:51)
Tree down on upper one way
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Melbnz (Jan 6, 2019 at 19:05)
Great easy ride, nice and dry today
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Melbnz (Jan 6, 2019 at 19:03)
Great easy ride, nice and dry recently
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Ketzal (Jul 29, 2018 at 9:53)
Superb trail. Ride it at warp speed and it's fantastic fun.
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Staceyz2 (May 25, 2017 at 20:32)
Very roots. Not great fun.
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kennedynz (Apr 25, 2017 at 8:08)
Climb. Access top of nice Rd. Links with dragons tail or be rude not to
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More Stats for Don't Forget Your Chopsticks Gordon mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,061 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,427 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,430 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Mar 12, 2023 @ 11:24pm
Mar 12, 2023
Drainage and blowing
Yellow Brick Road
Mar 11, 2023 @ 5:34pm
Mar 11, 2023
Trimmed entry exit
Te Kōtukutuku
Mar 10, 2023 @ 6:18pm
Mar 10, 2023
Great trail that we used to move around to the nearest climb trail to get up to the top for our day of riding. The dirt was ideal with only a few puddles here and there but I am amazed at how gripping the soil is even when wet.
Mar 10, 2023 @ 5:37pm
Mar 10, 2023
Deteriorating rider space. This might just need a bit of attention before it gets worse.
Creek, alternate line through Baker's Hollow
Mar 9, 2023 @ 12:40pm
Mar 9, 2023
Tree cleared by adopter reporter
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