Other local riding areas
Ahimatereserve, Palmerston North
- Piwakawaka Jumps
The dirt jumps at the Awapuni Mountain Bike Park (on Tip Road, Palmerston North) have had a major makeover by the team from Empire of Dirt thanks to PNCC. They have been built as long and low trail jumps, rather than the typical steep and short style. This makes them safe and user-friendly, perfect for learning to jump. They also work with all types of mountain bikes, trail bikes, enduro bikes etc.
Several km’s of sand-based trails in the pine forest. Access from the reserve at the end of Cousins Avenue.
Ride out along Turitea Rd behind Palmerston North (elevation approx 40m) past the entrance to the dam (water supply). From here a gravel road gains elevation and turns into undulating singletrack after a km or so. Back out on to 4WD gravel road, which climbs up to a high point of 240m. Continu down to Kahuterawa Rd and either head up to Arapuke or back to Palmerston North.
- North Range Road (and windfarm)
A 4WD track connects Pahiatua saddle (accessed by road from Palmerston North) to the eastern end of the Manawatu Gorge via Hall Block Road. Approx 25 km all up, elevation undulates around 500m.
Wharite (920m) is the southern-most peak of the Ruahine ranges, just north of the Manawatu Gorge, and adorned with a telecommunications tower. From the base of the hill on Woodlands Rd, a gravel 4WD road takes you steadily up hill past a couple of farms. It gets steeps as it progresses, especially once you cross the boundary into Ruahine Forest Park. It’s a 900m ascent over 10km.
- Kohitere Forest, Levin
- Mangahao Dams, Shannon