Te Iringa Details
This is an out and back ride with a mix of bike carrying. What looks un-rideable as you carry your bike on the way out, is a good fun technical ride on the way back. Most fun is had riding back. Either turn around at the end of the tight switchbacks above where the Tikitiki Stream and Kaipo River join, or head on to Oamaru hut, another 1.5hrs, for an overnighter.
Below from Classic NZ Mountain Bike Rides:
The semi-rideable track climbs 330m from the carpark to a clearing where the old Te Iringa Hut used to be, then skirts around Mt Te Iringa (1241m) before dropping down to a swingbridge just downstream from the junction of Tikitiki Stream and Kaipo River.
Cross the swingbridge and turn left to take the main track down the Kaipo Valley to Oamaru Hut (12 bunks) by the confluence of the Kaipo and Oamaru rivers.
This is a big day packed with with technical riding, so it is recommend staying the night at the hut overnight and soaking up the wilderness, rather than racing through. From here you have to ride back the same way you came as all other tracks are closed to bikes..
Turn right off Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) 27km southeast of Taupo and drive down Taharu Rd. After 9.5km, turn right on to Clements Mill Rd. Stop at the car park 6.5km down this road.
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More Stats for Te Iringa bike trail
Altitude change-455 ft
Altitude min2,054 ft
Altitude max3,830 ft
Altitude start2,543 ft
Altitude end2,087 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1 miles
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Te Iringa Trail Reports
Feb 9, 2017 @ 1:28pmFeb 9, 2017
|Trail running fine. A few trees to climb over|
Jan 3, 2017 @ 11:13amJan 3, 2017
|A huge amount of track clearing has been done from the start of the track through to the swingbridge and it's back in good condition now.|
Oct 23, 2016 @ 5:31pmOct 23, 2016
|Middle section (the high-elevation segment through to the swingbridge primarily) is almost non-stop downed trees and very large branches blocking...|