23 miles
Distance
2,980 ft
Climb
-2,979 ft
Descent
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.

1 Review & Comments

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flag 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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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB, CX, Gravel, Trials
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
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
  • Grade max
    -64.1%
  • Grade min
    55%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Creek
      Oct 25, 2020 @ 10:44pm
      1 days
      So good right now, dry and fast reporter
      Tangaroa-mihi
      Oct 22, 2020 @ 3:55pm
      Oct 22, 2020
      Trail Maintenance completed. Surface cleared, vegetation cut. LT
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      Te Pou-koropū
      Oct 22, 2020 @ 2:53pm
      Oct 22, 2020
      Berm built and exit rebuilt at the end of the trail near the car park. 15, 16 & 19 Oct. -CK LT
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      Te Kōtukutuku
      Oct 18, 2020 @ 6:07pm
      Oct 18, 2020
      Still closed
      Mad If You Don't
      Oct 9, 2020 @ 6:18pm
      Oct 9, 2020
      Cleared debri from surface
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