Mill Block Working Bee – POSTPONED

The Mill Block trail clearing working bee, planned for tomorrow, Sunday 28 May, has been POSTPONED due to the wet weather forcast to hit us.

This working bee will now be rescheduled for Queens Birthday weekend next
Monday 5th June, 8am – midday.

Working Bee’s to meet up at the Pakuratahi Valley DH carpark, then carpool into the Mill Block via the locked gate on Tinker Rd.

Any enquiries to Kevin McCarthy at 021 435 906 or

Mill Block CLOSED

IMPORTANT NOTICE (Wed 18 April, 2017)
The “Mill Block” @ Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park is now completely CLOSED to all users – effective immediately.

Due to the extensive wind damage, Pan Pac will clear fell the worst of it, including milling the Ken Ross Reserve block & will replant those areas.
Its unknown how long this will take, but initial estimates could be about 3 months or so.

Therefore, all riders + runners to only access the Waipunga & Replanted Blocks of Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park, via the Waipunga Rd carparks, or Pakuratahi Valley (NB: We havn’t been thru the Pakuratahi Valley block yet to assess its damage).

Mill Block Production Thinning

The “Mill Block” at Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park beyond and including Tinker Road, is now CLOSED for production and waste thinning, until further notice (for a couple months or so).

A total of 14km of MTB trails will be effected with this logging operation, which the HBMTBC will hold club working bees to clear and re-open, once Pan Pac give the all clear.

Refer to this map for effected area

The following trails within the front half of the Mill Block will remain open:
Gateway, Whippy, Tumeke, Sleepy Hollow, Smooth Operator, Crispy Chips, Snoopy, Dragonfly, Centipede, Tigger and Boarsnest.
* If anyone ignores this closure and goes into the closed areas during this time, then the entire Mill Block will be closed until they are completed !!!

To access the “Replanted Block” (Cannonbal, Minefield, Sweeper, etc) will only be via the “Waipunga Block“.

Access to the Waipunga Block is via our old original carpark on Waipunga Rd, just after the bridge – please keep all gateways clear at all times.

Permit required for access. Either join the HBMTB club, or purchase a MTB Visitor Permit.

New Te Mata Peak Track Network

Land Access Donated for Track Network

The Lowe and Hutton families have provided access to their farmland for a shared mountain biking and walking track network to pass thru, connecting Waimarama Rd to Te Mata Peak along the ridge, as part of the $450,000 Havelock North Village 24km loop circuit.

Read this article for more info (click on it to enlarge)




Pan Pac Forests Products Ltd have notified stakeholders that the “Tait Block” will now be CLOSED from Monday 16th May, 2016 onwards, (not from June 7th as previously announced) for new roading and harvesting operations.

This closure also effects Pylon Road within the “Replanted Block” – as the road will be used by logging trucks ! Therefore a couple tracks that exit onto this road will be closed.

The rest of Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park remains open to club members and visitor permit holders for mountain biking and running.

Hawkes Bay Mountain Bike Club