2.1 miles
286 ft
-693 ft
Avg time

Tuhoto Ariki Details

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    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
  • 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 [+]
    • 70 in E-Biking
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 55 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,727 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,447 ft
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on Mar 19, 2023
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.4 (26 votes)
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      Tuhoto Ariki Trail Reports

      Mar 19, 2023 @ 6:56am
      Mar 19, 2023
      Very wet and lots of mud holes - suggest not riding until it has had a bit of time to dry and probably some maintenance. This is the worst state...
      Feb 20, 2023 @ 5:38pm
      Feb 20, 2023
      reporter Clear of trees and now open after the Cyclone CK/CE
      Feb 17, 2023 @ 10:40pm
      Feb 17, 2023
      tree down right after Hatu patu turn off.
      Feb 12, 2023 @ 11:53am
      Feb 12, 2023
      reporter Closed by DOC as a precautionary measure for cyclone Gabrielle. Please do not ride it.
      Jan 12, 2023 @ 4:12pm
      Jan 12, 2023
      Tree down over track. One branch too big to break but a small silky will rip through it Small tree down across trail, can navigate over or around
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 156 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      • 2,107 rides
      • Last: Mar 3, 2023


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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      HagmanNZ (Jun 4, 2022 at 20:08)
      Trail is in mint condition. The trail builders have added a lot of sand to eliminate the puddles and bogs. It has reduced the technicality of the trail but after all the rain we've had recently - you can't tell cos the trail is really dry due to the sand.
      • + 0
      Pete31 (Apr 10, 2022 at 2:00)
      A great trail with lots of technical rooty sections to challenge your skills, hats off to the zen masters that can ride it without putting a foot down or getting off to push over an obstacle.
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      Samwak (Jan 30, 2022 at 11:42)
      Awesome trail through natives. Three parts, two that flow and mid section more cross country with some nice challenging rooty climbs

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