NOTICE: THE FOREST ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR MILLING ALONG MACKAY TRACK SOMETIME IN FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015. DURING THIS TIME ACCESS TO THE SOUTH SIDE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN AGAIN BEFORE CLOSURE, AND WHEN WE ARE ALLOWED BACK IN.
Download the Google Earth file here: Mountain Bike Trails.kmz
The SCMTBC has very kindly been granted access to the Raincliff forest, owned and operated by Blakely Pacific, to develope MTB trails. A condition of this access is that the club be affiliated with Mountain Bike NZ for insurance purposes. Access to the forest is only allowed in the evenings and weekends.
An existing walking track (Hoare Track) can be ridden right through from the top to bottom of the forest. Watch out for walkers! It was built for them. From this, Wally and his willing workers have developed a new MTB track runing parallel to the south of the walking track. The new track joins the walking track in the middle. Further tracks will be developed from there.
The Walking track has steps in it – so if you are not comfortable take the first run slowly to check them out and decide if you want to ride them.
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Please note – times on the map/sign are walking times, not biking times.
How to get there:
Raincliff Forest straddles Middle Valley Rd. Just as you enter the forest from the South East (from Pleasant Point), there is a place to park with a small clearing immediately on your right. Chances are you will drive right past it so keep your eyes peeled. Park here and bike up the road. If you keep your eyes peeled, there are a couple of trails that shoot off into the trees on both sides on the way up the road, which pop back out on the road further up. About 2km up the road you reach a 4WD track on the left, marking the end of the forest. Turn left onto this track and climb up until reaching a lefthand hairpin corner. From here:
- Turn left and travel a hundred metres, looking for the track on the left. This is the original walking track. Watch out for walkers! Watch out for the slippery narrow wooden bridges.
- Turn right and follow the grass track for a hundred metres and look for the new MTB track on the left – next to an oak tree just before the gate.
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