Just 10 minutes drive north of Napier on the East Coast of the North Island, one of New Zealand's largest and very highly regarded Mountain Bike Parks is located.
Set within the privately owned, productive working, Pan Pac 'Tangoio' Forest is the Hawke's Bay Mountain Bike Club's purpose built facility, known internationally as "Pan Pac Mountain Bike Park".
A small family friendly beginner-intermediate level dirt jump park, a full size pump track and an extreme dirt jump park – all FREE access for general public use, located over the stopbank beside the Pettigrew.Green Arena in Taradale.
The facility is located on Hawkes Bay Regional Council owned land, built & maintained by the HBMTBC, that was mostly funded by Pub Charity.
Napier City Council built this large pump track in early 2015. An all-weather concrete surface with multiple lines suitable for all ages and abilities, for MTB’s, BMX’s, scooters and scateboards. Located on Marine Parade next to the Rotary Pathway, (next to the start of the 100km speed zone). The aim is to continuously ride multiple laps without any pedalling & to just use momentum created from ‘pumping’ with your arms and body through the bumps & corners.
This track is suitable for all ages and abilities and is FREE for the general public to use at anytime.
The Hawkes Bay cycle Trails map includes all the Rotary Pathways & NZ Cycle Trails around the district of approx 187km, plus locations of the MTB Parks.
A walking track along an old logging route at the base of the Ruahine Forest Park is open for mountain bikers as well. This track starts from the end of Wakarara Road (you need to cross the river to start the ride), which is approx 86km from Hastings.
Yeomans Track goes along to Ellis Hut (also known as Murderer’s Hut) on the edge of the Pan Pac Gwavas Forest, where you either return back the same way, or can follow a couple forestry roads back to the river – you will need either a topomap, or the Kennetts MTB book for these road directions. (Average riders – allow at least 1 hour each way) (For ‘hot shots’ – allow at least 45 minutes in & 30 minutes return).
Iconic Te Mata Peak behind Havelock North is loaded with walking tracks. There are a couple ‘shared’ use trails that allow mountain bikes and a designated MTB track heading down the main valley from the lone pine tree at the top and heading down onto the shared trails of ‘Chambers Walk’ which leads onto either the main gates carpark, or down to Tauroa Road carpark.
Please note that no-one must alter, widen or expand existing tracks or to make new ones on Te Mata Peak. ALL MOUNTAIN BIKERS MUST ADHERE TO THE DESIGNATED TRAILS
If you see other cyclists abusing the park, please explain the consequences to them of their actions (includes potential injury to other users & banning of all cyclists from the park).
NB: “Webbs Bush” is OUT-OF-BOUNDS to all cyclists.
Please respect other users/walkers at all times, riders must keep control of their speed & avoid hitting walkers, runners & dogs on leashes!
Currently 2 venues in Central Hawkes Bay:
HBMTBC, P.O. Box 702, Napier 4140