“Once-ler” is now all completed and open for riding, within the Mill Block @ Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park.
This 1.3km, grade 2 (Easy) family friendly trail is in 2 parts, with the top 900m section one-way only, starting on the north side of Valley Rd (opposite the exit of Mint), down to the crossing of Grand Traverse and Fat Mans Doom trails.
The 2nd stage at 400m long, is 2-way that runs between Grand Traverse and the exit of Olivers Twist.
Once-ler riders will need to give-way to riders exiting Grand Traverse.
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)
TAIT BLOCK CLOSURE @ Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park
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
Thanks to the Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF), via Trail Fund NZ, a combined application from the HBMTBC, Taupo MTB & Bike Taupo Clubs, has been granted $15,000 to work on stage 2 of this “EPIC” 19km walking/biking track within the Kaimanawa Forest Park, which will complete the work that was started in early 2015 with stage 1 clean-up.
You can read an article that was published in the NZMTBR magazine (Feb/Mar 2016 issue) here – NZMTBR magazine article
Our parks team have now installed all the required signage at this new venue, which now means club members + visitor permit holders ONLY, can access this 560ha forest block at anytime, via the carpark at the top end of Pakuratahi Valley Rd.
There is currently only 1 x purpose-built, national level DH track (“Pakuratahi DH“), plus some motocross trails, with the rest of the block containing 21km of forestry roads and 4×4 tracks.
There is no access allowed from the Mill Block via Tinker Road.
NB: Please do NOT upset the neighbours with illegal parking, disturbing stock, using their long-drop toilet, or leaving gates different to how you found them, etc – as that will only lose this block for club access. Also note, that shuttles are only available on club run event days.