2.1 miles
Distance
286 ft
Climb
-693 ft
Descent
00:31:10
Avg time

Tuhoto Ariki Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Wallride, Other
  • Global Ranking
    #3428 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #3077 in E-Biking
    • #7296 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in E-Biking
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

We know the sign says Grade 4, but this is a technical cross country challenge built for zen masters who don't like to dab.
Don't be fooled by the altitude you have gained getting there as it definitely is not a downhill charge.
Starts at highest point in Whaka Forest at the very top of Tawa and ends on Moerangi Rd. Tuhoto is a bush with roots, great downhill segments and some hard technical climbs as well.
For a must ride loop, after Tuhoto, turn left up Moerangi, ride to the top of Moerangi then turn right into TimeWarp , which will take you to the top of the downhill Grade 3 Split Enz. You will love the contrast of the two trails and this is a clear example of what makes riding in Whaka Forest the best in New Zealand. Tuhoto Ariki was a first for Rotorua, running through Department of Conservation land. The magnificent, native forest gives the trail its unique flavour. “This track goes a long way in cementing Rotorua’s claim to being the mountain bike capital of the southern hemisphere,” says Dave Donaldson from the Rotorua MTB Club. “A mountain bike trail through native bush, so close to the city is a real point of difference. The trailhead can be reached in an hour by bike from the Rotorua CBD, yet five minutes into the trail you could be a world away.”
Opening day was important for DOC, too. “Mountain biking has become more popular than ever in the Rotorua region and to open this trail at the beginning of Conservation Week recognises the different ways people are now using the conservation estate,” says Nick Turoa, the Department’s Community Relations Ranger.
• The name of the trail celebrates Tuhoto Ariki, the famous Tuhourangi tohunga who predicted the Tarawera eruption and then survived it. He was dug out of his debris-covered whare after being trapped for four days. “We consulted local historian Don Stafford and Tuhourangi kaumatua, Te Rangi Maika, to come up with an appropriate name for the trail. After much deliberation the name Tuhoto Ariki was chosen,” says Dave. “The name is a reference to an important historic event in this region and that is great." Tuhoto Ariki will be muddy at the first sign of rain and will stay that way until there is a long period of warm dry weather. If you don't like slick riding then we suggest you only ride this puppy in summer.

source: Ride Rotorua
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More Stats for Tuhoto Ariki multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -407 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,081 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,489 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,489 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,081 ft
  • Grade
    -3.665%
  • Grade max
    -35.922%
  • Grade min
    38.967%
  • Distance climb
    2,727 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,447 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:34
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on May 23, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.15 (29 votes)
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      Tuhoto Ariki Trail Reports

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      May 23, 2024 @ 7:52pm
      10 hours
      Running perfect despite the recent weather, no bog until the very end
      Mar 30, 2024 @ 2:39am
      Mar 30, 2024
      Jan 11, 2024 @ 3:25pm
      Jan 11, 2024
      Dec 16, 2023 @ 3:31pm
      Dec 16, 2023
      Now open to the end
      Nov 27, 2023 @ 5:41pm
      Nov 27, 2023
      reporter Trail exit closed, only exit is via Hatu Patu (G5) or Kataore (G5) No exit for foot traffic.
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      • 42.7 km avg distance
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