Ideal for full suspension bikes, there is a hard climb to the top of Mt Thompson (711m) followed by a chunky rock garden style descent all on 4WD tracks. On a dry fine day, this can be a fun ride!
Access through to this track runs through private farm land which the farmer kindly asks users to respect no access from the 1st of September though till Labour weekend in October due to lambing. This also includes descending down from Mt Thompson. Please respect this as and don't stuff it up for everyone else.
From Waikawa reserve or Waitohu Valley access points
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Waitohu Track - The Darkside mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,770 ft
Altitude min380 ft
Altitude max2,162 ft
Altitude start2,150 ft
Altitude end380 ft
Distance climb1.2 miles
Distance down2.4 miles
Distance flat1,670 ft
Avg reverse time00:26:25
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Waitohu Track -... Trail Reports
Jun 8, 2016 @ 1:33pmJun 8, 2016
|reporter The Wiatohu Track (The Darkside) - just creating water run offs and clearing drains in prep for more work to come. Track is open and ridable.. ya...|
Mar 4, 2016 @ 2:05pmMar 4, 2016
|Entire track has recently been cleared and is riding really well. Trees have been cleared, track rerouted around the slumps and trail now rideable...|
Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:40pmJan 1, 2016
|Road up is quite overgrown and very rutted in places. Very wet and deep mud near the summit. A number of small trees covering the track on the...|
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