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Mountain Bike the Tuaha Track

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Tuahu Track, Around 1890 was a old Maori bridle track running from the Bay of Plenty up and over the Kaimai Rangers to the mighty Waikato

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 5.30 km
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 15 Minutes to the top
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 506m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Leash Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights


  • Track Quality

    Challenging.Rocks. mud, creeks and a good climb

  • Hazards

    Cross the Te Rereatukahia Stream after a day of heavy rain.
    It can be very cold and windy on the top of the main ridge

  • Transport


  • Water

    Plenty of fresh water from the side creeks
    The Toilet is up in the bush by the sign

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    8 Km to Katikati

  • Area & Track History

    Around 1890 Tuahu Track was a old Maori bridle track running from the Bay of Plenty up and over the Kaimai Rangers to the mighty Waikato.
    The Kaimai Rangers has an area of 37,000 ha of native bush and not forgetting the huge kauri trees.
    As for the bird life you might see a few Fantail, Robin, Tom Tit, Pigeon or Tui.
    The mighty Kauri tree you walk past on your way to the top is also known as Tuahu.
    There are story’s of families who would ride over the Tuahu Track from Te Aroha just to ride in the events in the Katikati AMP show.they were the Duncans, Halls and Thompsons. T
    They arrived on Friday afternoon, Ride all day in the AMp show on Saturday, then dance at night away after the trophies were presented, no doubt they downed a few bottles of home brew as well and then ride home Sunday afternoon with a splitting head

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  • Map location of Mountain Bike the Tuaha Track

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: The Start Of The TUAHU MTB Track

TUAHU Walkway is a 5.5km drive to the end of Hot Springs Road, and a total of 8km south of Katikati. There is plenty of room to park the car.

Point 2: Rereatukahia Stream

The start of the Tuahu track is easy to find just follow the sign post. 10 Minutes into the ride there is a turn off on the left to the Tuahu Kauri tree the five minute walk or pushing to bike is worth it. You are better off cycle on another 100 Mt to the other end of the loop track, you can cycle to the Kauri from this end of the track.
The Rereatukahia Stream can be tricky to cross if it has been raining in the last day otherwise you can rock hop the stream with out getting your socks wet.

Point 3: North South Track

Now you will have to earn your pay. getting out of the creek will mean carrying your bike for about 8m.
What was a Challenges, was all the tree roots. I got caught out in a light shower so the tree roots were very slippery, the same goes for the rocks.
There was not a lot of clay to ride on but when you do get to the only section of washed out clay track you will find it deep enough to catch on your peddles.
There are a number of little side creeks to cross that are rocky and slippery. Only at one creek will you have to Carry your bike cross.

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