Te Aroha has a purpose built track just for mountain bike riders. The track itself is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town. Lacing the foothills of Mt Te Aroha, it can be quite steep in areas, making the overall distance seem a lot further.
You will find easy/hard options en route with plenty to challenge more daring riders! Plenty of stream crossings, open grasslands and forest views make the track varied and exciting. As you ride, it’s not uncommon to see wildlife from the track such as kereru, tui, quail and pheasants. Track conditions are excellent and well defined making for good year-round riding.
If you’re a more conservative rider and enjoy taking your time – fear not, this ride is also for you. As you negotiate this awesome ride, you are treated to some real eye openers; the outstretched Hauraki Plains, pretty waterfalls and the Mokena Geyser. If you time it right, you may see the geyser in action. It’s the only hot water soda geyser in the world and well worth a look!
The trail starts uphill as you head into the bush; quite challenging in places, as it weaves its way up and down the face of the ranges. The surface is mainly gravel or rock with some concrete. Matting covers various wooden bridges, as well as the steep ascents and descents to give grip and prevent track slippage.
The track takes on a different feel at night. Sensational views of Te Aroha below (and surrounding countryside) all lit up, attract riders from all over the country. Also occasionally visible – if you look carefully enough, you can find glow worms and nocturnal wildlife.
The trail starts and finishes at the top of the Te Aroha Domain with picnic tables, barbeque, hot soda spas and leisure pools. What a perfect way to finish a mountain bike ride - Pop into i-SITE and pick up a map.