3,171 ft
Distance
20 ft
Climb
-460 ft
Descent
00:08:59
Avg time

Hatu Patu Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
  • AKA
    Hatupatu
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #10075 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9373 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 30 in E-Biking

The Hatu Patu trail is rideable - well, rideable for MTB Zen masters. One of the three Department of Conservation trails - along with Tuhoto Ariki (1) and Te Tihi O Tawa (3) on the eastern edge of the Whaka Forest. Distance: 1km MTB only The trail is grade 5/6/HC - rooty, lots of off camber and sections you need to carry momentum to clear.

It starts at the top of the last descent of Tuhoto Ariki - the native bush trail that starts from the top of Tawa Rd, in Whaka forest. Hatu Patu ends near the bottom of Billy T on Moerangi Rd.
The trail was surveyed with funding from the Lion Foundation and constructed by spade and rake wielding volunteers led by Mike and Rob from Bike Culture on Wednesday evening working bees through the summer. DOC helped out with chainsawing some of the fallen logs over the 1km - ish route. This is another cool addition to the track network, but be warned it is tricky, there are only a couple of riders who have made it through with no dabs, so treat it as a challenge.

Tuhourangi iwi, the Department of Conservation and the RMTBC are all partners in this innovative trail initiative. Tuhourangi iwi kaumatua, Anaru Rangiheuea, named it Hatupatu, after a young man who came to Aotearoa on the Arawa canoe and who used to hunt in the forests around Rotorua. “It’s great the trail network has names that draw attention to the history and legends of this area, adding another dimension to the experience,” says Dave Donaldson, who was one of the main movers in the construction of Tuhoto Ariki and Hatupatu. Google “Hatupatu” for more about him, including the story of how he hid from the bird woman, Kurangaituku behind a rock near Atiamuri, now known as Hatupatu’s Rock.

source: Ride Rotorua
Access Info

Entrance is from Tuhoto Ariki trail. Most riders ride from the Tuhoto Ariki trailhead at the highest point of the forest on Tawa Rd.

Because Tuhoto Ariki is one of Rotorua's few two-way tracks it is also legitimately accessed from the other direction - by heading up Tuhoto Ariki's last section from the Moerangi Road. end.

More Stats for Hatu Patu mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -440 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,805 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,244 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,244 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,805 ft
  • Grade max
    -77.704%
  • Grade min
    10.901%
  • Distance climb
    347 ft
  • Distance down
    2,443 ft
  • Distance flat
    381 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:55
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on Jul 29, 2021
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Avg: 4.6 (12 votes)

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      Hatu Patu Trail Reports

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      Jul 29, 2021 @ 2:23pm
      Jul 29, 2021
      Jun 30, 2021 @ 4:59pm
      Jun 30, 2021
      reporter Tree and vines down near the top of the trail. Report on Fbk
      Feb 9, 2021 @ 7:02pm
      Feb 9, 2021
      reporter
      Vegetation cut back on trail. Gorse was bad in sections. JB
      Jan 29, 2021 @ 2:58pm
      Jan 29, 2021
      reporter Open after logging
      Oct 6, 2020 @ 3:33pm
      Oct 6, 2020
      reporter Closed for logging
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      • 4 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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