About the Trail
The Moerangi Track is a 100% singletrack back country epic. This amazing Grade 4 mountain bike track is one of the longest continual native forest rides in the country. Set among native beech trees in the wild Whirinaki Forest Park the Moerangi Track is very remote and features 3 historic huts, around 1000m of climbing, and some descents that you will make you want to come back for more.
The Moerangi Track is narrow and in many places it is exposed to banks and cliffs. Anyone attempting this ride should be confident on Grade 4 mountain bike trails.
Anyone riding the Moerangi Track should carry a Personal Locator Beacon. If you are booking a shuttle with us we will provide one for you. If you are part of a guided tour your guide will be carrying a beacon and much more.
The Moerangi Track is located in the Whirinaki Forest Park, almost directly East of Taupo. The route to get there is via SH5 then SH38 which becomes a narrow winding gravel road.
Logistically, the best way to ride the Moerangi Track is to take our shuttle to the trail and back. Due to vehicle security it is best not to park your car at either end of the trail. We can pickup from Taupo, Rotorua, Rainbow Mountain, or other locations in the region on request.
Nearest major towns:
Taupo and Rotorua are both about 2hrs drive from the start of the trail and have lots of accommodation options, cafes, restaurants, and other facilities.
There is a very small town called Murupara which we pass through on the way to the trail, however it only has two accommodation options.
Taupo has a small airport, otherwise the next nearest airports are Rotorua, and Auckland (4hrs from Taupo).
The best place to park is either in Taupo or Rotorua at your accommodation provider, or a public car park.
Alternatively, you can park at the Rainbow Mountain Car Park which is on the route to the Moerangi Track. Rainbow Mountain is located 15mins South of Rotorua or 45mins North of Taupo. The car park itself is just 200m South of the junction of SH5 and SH38.
Our shuttle service will take you into the start of the track, and pick you up at the end.
Due to vehicle security it is best not to park your car at either end of the trail.
The Moerangi Track is an epic ride on a remote singletrack in native forest. The ride is rugged in every sense of the term. There are a few fantastic descents along the track, the longest of which is in the later part of the ride. However remember that what goes down must first go up. The Moerangi track is a cross country ride that rewards riders for their efforts on the climbs. Although there are 3 DOC huts along the track, this ride is still best done as a day trip.
The Moerangi Track is narrow and in many places it is exposed to banks and cliffs. Anyone attempting this ride should be confident on Grade 4 mountain bike trails and carry a Personal Locator Beacon. If you are booking a shuttle with us we will provide a beacon for you. If you are part of a guided tour your guide will be carrying a beacon and much more.
Riders should be prepared for anything and expect the unexpected. Due to the remote nature of this trail, maintenance is costly and time consuming so you must expect some rough sections. There will be some debris on the track, and possibly slips which may involve bike carrying. There are also places, especially in the later part of the ride where the track is rutted.
The trail is marked with plastic stakes that say Moerangi MTB Track as well as some navigational signposts. Use common sense and look at each intersection carefully as a couple of them can be a little unclear. Also bring a map that includes a profile of the ride.
The Moerangi is in a remote location and there is no mobile reception along the way. We advise you hire a guide or take a Personal Locator Beacon at minimum. There is no road access along the trail. Tell a friend where you are going and use common sense.
Logistics for this ride with a round tip (two-way) shuttle:
- Shuttle from Taupo to Ohaku Road (2hrs)
- Ride the Moerangi Track to River Road End (4 – 6hrs)
- Shuttle from River Road to Taupo (2hrs)
Logistics for this ride with a one-way shuttle:
- Meet our shuttle at River Road End
- Shuttle from River Road End to Okahu Rd (45min)
- Ride the Moerangi Track to River Road End (4 – 6hrs)
Hard tail (front suspension only): Specialized Rockhopper Expert ($1600 retail value)
$70 for one day
High-end full suspension mountain bikes: Specialized Camber Comp ($4000 retail value)
$120 for one day
E-bikes (electric mountain bikes) are available in hard tail and full suspension models. Ask us for more details and prices. Limited quantities available. ENQUIRE NOW
Our hire bikes come with a helmet, spare inner tube, tire levers, pump, and multi tool. The bikes come standard with flat pedals, but we can fit Shimano SPD pedals for you on request.
For your enjoyment it is important that you hire the right size bike, so we are here to help. When you contact us to make your booking, we will gather the correct information to get you on the right size bike. Our hire bikes are high quality and you can be sure to have a great ride because they are cleaned, checked, and serviced between every use.
Bike hire is usually paired with transport services. However we can provide bike hire only if you are looking for hire a full suspension bike for 2 or more days.
If you are booking a shuttle and bike hire, your bike will be on the shuttle ready to go at the time of pick up. You do not pick up your bike before hand.
The best places to stay the nights before and after you ride are either Taupo or Rotorua.
Taupo and Rotorua are a very popular towns and have loads of accommodation and dining options from budget to luxury. There are many holiday parks, motels, and hotels. They both have a huge variety of accommodation, cafes, restaurants, bike shops and other facilities.
If you are planning on doing other ride throughout the Central North Island, Taupo is the best place to stay as it is closer to a larger number of great rides. Ask us for accommodation recommendations, or we can include one of our preferred providers in your package.
Having a guide is a great way to maximise the enjoyment of your ride. Our expert guides will not only show you way and provide insight into our land, but also teach you some bike skills if you like. The Moerangi Track is one of the most remote mountain bike rides on the North Island so safety is critical. Our guides carry satellite communication and know the locations of helipads.
On a guided ride you can be sure you are getting the most out of the experience. You won’t miss the best views, or a critical turn off, and you won’t need to worry about what to do in the event of a mechanical breakdown, or worse. With our guided experience you can be assured that you are in the best of care while in our remote wilderness.
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An depth trail description is coming soon…