PAN PAC ESKDALE MTB PARK STATUS:
- Tait Block = CLOSED (logging)
- Waipunga Block = OPEN (scheduled to be logged early 2018, hence lack of trail signage)
- Replanted Block = OPEN
- Mill Block = CLOSED (re-opening soon)
- Pakuratahi Block = CLOSED (until further notice; available for events only)
Hawkes Bay Mountain Bike Club Incorporated (HBMTBC), was founded in 1991; gained full time access into the privately owned Pan Pac Tangoio Forest in 1995; and became an incorporated society in 1998. The HBMTBC is affiliated to Mountain Bike New Zealand (MTBNZ) and is New Zealand’s largest cycling club with an annual membership of around 2100 members.
The club’s ‘home’ is the internationally famous Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park, currently with 70km of trails spread over approx 1430ha of private forestry, located just 10 minutes drive north of Napier.
To promote, facilitate, encourage and develop Mountain Biking in the Hawke’s Bay region.
To provide and maintain the current off road facilities within the Hawke’s Bay region and to develop new facilities if or when the opportunity arises; for the purpose of mountain biking for financial club members and visitors. To fulfil the purpose of the sport for social enjoyment, exercise and/or competition; for members to participate in social outings, park maintenance and events at a club level through to National Level.
For at least 80% of the year, the clay/dirt based trails in Hawkes Bay are sprinkled with pine needles and are hard, dry and ride very fast, creating an awesome riding experience on the open and flowing style single-track.
Refer to the PARKS page for more detailed information on all our off-road cycling areas in the Hawkes Bay region.
The HBMTBC is very grateful to the generosity of Pan Pac Forests Ltd for allowing the club access onto their land. Due to being a privately owned, commercial ‘working’ forest, a permit is required for access.
This is obtained, by either joining the HBMTBC, or by purchasing a MTB ‘Visitors Permit’ (valid for 3 weeks) from any of the main cycling shops, Info Centres, Bayview 4 Square or online – See the full list of retail outlets on the MEMBERSHIP page.
Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park is listed on the World Bike Parks website – direct link HERE