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Waimate White Horse
Whitehorse Big Easy will be a shared use trail for runners, walkers and cyclists from Te Kit to the Whitehorse. 5% average gradient 2-3 m wide. Big & Easy!
Land owners Gary and Ann Dennison have very kindly granted access to their forest land on the White Horse hill, up behind their B&B “Te Kiteroa Lodge”. Several existing trails on the hill are being suplemented with new ones by keen locals. The forest suffered some significant wind damage in 2012 with several acres of trees flattened, but these areas have been cleared and new tracks cut through.
Please do not bike on the walking track!
How to get there:
From Waimate town centre, travel south on Queen Street, and near the end of town past the large grain silos on the right, turn right onto Mill Road. Take the 3rd left on to Point Bush Road, and follow to the road end where there is a carpark. On the bike from here, go through the little gate and travel along the farm track at the bottom of the paddock for a hundred metres or so, through a farm gate, and look for the entry to the single track on the left. Track markers will be put up, but are not there yet.
Downhill Start – If you are only in it for the downhill, you can drive to the top of the hill.
From Waimate town centre, travel south on Queen Street, and near the end of town past the large grain silos on the right, turn right onto Mill Road. Travel out of town on Mill Road, and turn left onto Parkers Bush Road. Turn left on to Centerwood Park Road to start climbing the hill. There is space to park at the top.
The Tracks: (described form the bottom up)
The track winds up the hill in a series of steep pitches and switch backs. It is 100% rideable up if you are reasonably fit. As you climb be aware of people coming down. This part of the track would be rated as grade 4.
Once at the top, there are some side tracks that deviate off once you reach the wider forest 4WD track. Keep your eyes peeled. If you miss them, just keep climbing up the 4WD track. Nearer the top the tracks all join up with a walking track and emerge at the top of the hill, which offers a grand view out over Waimate and Studholme. Tracks at the top grade 2+.
Coming back down the hill, there are some steeper alternative lines to the one you would have climbed up on, that cut right through the track zig-zagging up the hill. There is the odd structure and jump you can hit on the way down too. Watch out for people coming up!
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Other Waimate Rides:
The Waimate District Council have information and a map of some other longer rides in the Waimate area. Click here to visit their website. They have a brochure that can be found here.
Riding the Top Loop:
Coming down off the hill (this track can be ridden both ways):