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A technical grade 5 trail, Te Iringa is a 38km long return ride. If you are
into the outdoors and love mountain biking on some of the most
technical trails in New Zealand, then this is a trail you must tick off
your bucket list.
The Te Iringa trail is a DOC managed trail set deep in the Kaimanawa Forest Park backcountry. Navigating steep hills, stream crossings, wetlands and fallen trees will challenge even the most expert of mountain bike riders - and this is what makes it so special.
While the trail had a significant upgrade in 2015, it still has long carry sections and should only be attempted by expert riders, or those who have plenty of gear to stay out overnight.
Day Trip Option
For those seeking a day trip, a route is available which involves being shuttled in and dropped off at Clements Mill Road, walking your bike up to the summit of Mt Te Iringa, and then riding back down the trail on a highly technical descent.
The best place to turn around and head down at is the old hut site where there still remains a clearing.
Overnight Option / The Full Track
If you wish to ride the entire trail, you’ll need to stay the night. Pack a lightweight overnight kit to stay in the Oamaru Hut, a DOC hut which sleeps 12. Alternatively you can set up tents and camp. There is no formal campsite at or near the hut.
The full trail begins from the Te Iringa Campsite with a 500m ride before the uphill climb begins. There are big steeps and fallen trees to hurdle, so expect to be pushing or carrying your bike at times as you ascend Mt Te Iringa.
You can enjoy a well deserved break at the top to recharge the batteries before beginning the descent down the single track through historical native forest to the valley floor. It’s a dynamic ride through boggy sections, and across the suspension bridge over the Kaipo River.
Most of the boggy sections are after the swing bridge with the trail following the river towards the hut. The remainder of the track is more gradual as you approach Oamaru Hut, your destination for the night. With its beautiful views of the headwaters of the Mohaka River, you can settle in for the night with a good feed and tipple or two.
On the return trip, expect to be pushing the bike again to navigate fallen logs and bogs before reaching the swing bridge. From there the climb back up Te Iringa is about 50% rideable for expert riders.
Then enjoy the well deserved reward of a 30 minute, non-stop downhill ride to the bottom.
The Te Iringa trail can be accessed through Clements Mill Road. Tread Routes provides a shuttle to the start/finish location of this trail. However you can drive yourself there if you are confident of the location.
|Time Required||2 Days|
|Satelite Locator||Strongly Recommended|
|Shuttle|| By arrangement with Tread Routes.
Book shuttle services prior to departure.
Download the printable PDF of this Te Iringa Trail information.
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