1 mile
Distance
10 ft
Climb
-11 ft
Descent
00:05:00
Avg time
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Puarenga Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #43981 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

Nothing technical, just tranquill and relaxing. Runs parallel to Ball & Chain which is on other side of the stream. There is also a cruisy link track from the Duck Pond and Larch Roads intersection down to Puarenga.

Great link track in a picturesque part of our forest, Puarenga features bench seats along the trail for time-out. A beautiful traditional Maori carving stands as a guardian over the trail about half-way through.

The perfect place to cruise and stop for a bite to eat, especially on a hot summer's day.

Puarenga - Flowers of Sulphur - refers to sulphur particles floating on the surface, sometimes joining together, resembling petals of flowers, hence the name... from The History and Placenames of Rotorua by the late, great Don Stafford (thanks to Kiri Jarden at RDC for the heads-up).

source: Ride Rotorua
Access Info

One end is at the water tank at the end of Mad If You Don't trail (the intersection of Nursery Road. and 8 Mile Gate Road.) The other end is at the intersection of Larch Road and Hill Road. Access it from either end, because it's a two way, shared use trail.

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More Stats for Puarenga bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,106 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,115 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,110 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,109 ft
  • Grade max
    -2.4%
  • Grade min
    1.9%
  • Distance climb
    722 ft
  • Distance down
    604 ft
  • Distance flat
    4,193 ft
  • Avg time
    00:05:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:58
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Status:
on Oct 7, 2020
Variable
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Directions to puarenga trailhead (-38.185350, 176.281090)
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      Puarenga Trail Reports

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      Oct 7, 2020 @ 1:08am
      Oct 7, 2020
      That pipe is still exposed, a few puddles
      Sep 5, 2020 @ 11:34pm
      Sep 5, 2020
      Drainage pipe has lifted out of the ground
      Jul 14, 2020 @ 12:20am
      Jul 14, 2020
      Pretty wet and muddy in places.
      Jul 5, 2020 @ 7:33pm
      Jul 5, 2020
      reporter
      07/06 - Working Bee held on Puarenga. Drains cleared, vegetation cut back. rack cleared.
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 8:52pm
      Jun 22, 2020
      Mowed bypass walking road and entrances to both trails
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 101 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,664 rides
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      Sep 5, 2020 @ 11:36pm
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      Jul 5, 2020 @ 7:41pm
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      Jun 22, 2019 @ 4:45pm
      Jun 22, 2019
      1,647 |
      Aug 6, 2015 @ 3:06am
      Aug 6, 2015
      | 2 comments

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag MaximusM (Jan 14, 2020 at 20:52)
       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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