40.7 miles
Distance
6,016 ft
Climb
-5,630 ft
Descent
2,407 ft
High Point

Course for 63km Highlander Geyser to Lake

Detailed Description
HIGHLANDER MTB Marathon is a 41 mile popular intermediate route located near Rotorua. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 36 trails. This route climbs 6,016 ft with a max elevation of 2,407 ft then descends -5,630 ft.
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36 Reviews & Comments

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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 18:23)
To an intersection in the open with different sometimes muddy lines
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mtb-tech-geek (Jun 25, 2022 at 17:51)
Trail Grinder
Rough trail with many lines and some drops
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Dannz87 (May 21, 2022 at 14:58)
Tree down just past skid site blocking trail
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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 11:37)
Fun trail but not so smooth at mo. Needs grading
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kaiwero (Dec 9, 2021 at 13:10)
Tree down just before the end of the trail
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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 (Apr 30, 2021 at 2:03)
We rode Sandstone Rd and Fern Drive as the last part of completing the Forest Loop. Far more preferable than riding 8kms of concrete footpath along SH5
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RobcShBKn (Feb 20, 2021 at 16:29)
Superb top section with challenging natural drops - bottom section has scary but attainable gaps jumps - later ones are less confronting than the initial ones.
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simon-ob MPS (Jan 9, 2021 at 10:49)
Trail Apumoana
Great option to avoid the Hill Road grind if coming off Eagle v Shark, or if you want to lap the G5’s. Perfectly benched and great under the cover of trees
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GrantO (Jan 2, 2021 at 12:23)
Trail Apumoana
A great uphill ride, wide trail.
Just needs a similar nice downhill, as currently all down are Grade 4 & 5
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GoranGT (Sep 18, 2020 at 16:22)
Trail Tokorangi
Rose did that!!!????
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Jethro1999 (Aug 24, 2020 at 2:27)
Trail Tokorangi
Fast and flowing
A bit bumpy in some places
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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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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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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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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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Simon175 (Mar 1, 2020 at 0:13)
Tree down approx 100m in. 1 March 2020
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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 19:57)
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 19:57)
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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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 20:45)
Loads of fun, did it on my first time mountain biking so good for beginners. Worth the way up.
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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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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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GrantO (Jan 3, 2020 at 18:04)
Trail Apumoana
Now officially named Apumoana
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GrantO (Dec 27, 2019 at 14:51)
Tree down on upper one way
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Farrar (Jan 19, 2019 at 18:02)
This trail is fairly overgrown then turns into a new logging road. Not signposted at all. Keep an eye on the GPS map to follow it.
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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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Ketzal (Jul 29, 2018 at 9:53)
Superb trail. Ride it at warp speed and it's fantastic fun.
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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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Ridelogs
    3
More Stats for HIGHLANDER MTB Marathon mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    386 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,017 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,017 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,404 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -63.1%
  • Grade min
    64.6%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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