Whitianga Bike Park

Whitianga Bike Club, 16 Coghill Street, Whitianga, 07 866 5115
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Local Rides

There are lots of great local rides in the area.  See the links below to PDF documents describing the rides and directions to get there.

A free-to-ride public park in Moewai Road Whitianga.

Travelling from Tairua a sign welcomes you to Whitianga. Beyond that are crossroads with Moewai Rd on the left. Further along as you pass the airport is Joan Gaskill Drive, the road into the Whitianga township. But it is Moewai Road you need for the bike park.

Since 2004, The Whitianga Bike Club has been establishing Whitianga Bike Park by on land leased to them by the Thames Coromandel District Council. The Club has funded it with donations and sponsorship from local businesses. The Park is free for any one to use. Whilst the distances on many trails are short, the park still offers about two to three hours riding for many average riders. Located within the 17 hectares are mountain bike trails in various grades of ability and a BMX track. The BMX track has two loops with the faster leading into the slower which can be entered independently. There is a car park outside the entrance gate in Moewai Rd.

A donation box is located inside the entrance gate which we hope you will contribute to. With only 10 club members funds are hard to obtain to meet the costs associated with the park such as rental, insurance, and trail building materials for bridges, walls and digger hire. We rely on donations. Whilst in the park please do not smoke. We are surrounded by forests and in the summer it is very dry. In the winter, some of the trails can be very muddy. The Ground Effect Bike Wash Station to clean your bike is close by the entrance. The grading of the trails is based on Mountain Bike NZ grading system.

Note the safety signs at the entrance. We want all riders to wear bike helmets, and BMX riders to wear jeans, long sleeve tee or similar and gloves as well. Some of the walking tracks use the mountain bike trails and others are exclusively walking. Please respect other users when riding the trails.

A waterproof trail map is available from Whitianga Information Office in Albert St or the Bikeman in Coghill St at $3.

Other activities have been developed in the area to provide an alternative for members of the family etc who do not wish to ride. Please respect each others rights. The walking tracks are marked.

Carry a mobile phone if you have one. Call 111 for help at tell them what trail you are on. They are all marked.

Have Fun : Carpe Diem (seize the day)

Shakespeare Headland.

(Time required: 1 hours from Whitianga plus coffee breaks & swim time)

If you are leaving Whitianga side of the harbour, then the ferry will carry your bike on it’s roof for a nominal cost. You also have to pay a fare. Once at Ferry Landing ride up the hill and along the road behind Front Beach and Flaxmill Bay. Keep the visits to the coffee houses you pass for the return trip.

At Flaxmill Bay the road has a small climb to a saddle between that bay and Cooks Beach. An unsealed road on the left at the saddle takes the rider up to the top of the headland. At the look-out there is a wide vista from Whitianga and Buffalo Beach to Wharekaho (Simpson Beach), the islands in Mercury Bay, Cooks Beach and Lonely Bay beneath you and Cook Headland. The track to Lonely Bay which you passed on the way up the road is worth a visit. Leave the bike at the car park (locked to a tree) and walk down to the beach. Clear water with a small dump on to white sand with some trees for shade makes great swimming. Remove any car keys from your pocket before swimming.

Leaving the look-out, ride back along the road to a gate on the right and enter the paddock. There is a shaped road that takes you to the top of the rise. There is also a tablet that was placed there by the Queen on her visit to celebrate the bi-centenary of Cooks visit to watch the transit of Mercury. Ride across the pasture and bear left at top of rise where there are old cattle tracks down the slope. A riding challenge. Near the bottom you head to the right and pick up the gate that goes through to the car park at Flaxmill Bay. Do not ride the pedestrian track down the cliff edge over Flaxmill Bay. It has walkers on it and high cliffs on the side.

An easy ride back to the ferry via the coffee shops.

Points of interest:

  • Whitianga was named by Kupe; Te Whitianga-a-Kupe (The crossing place of Kupe).
  • Wharekaho Beach Headland was the stronghold of Hei and a pa site
  • Mercury Bay was called by Hei; Te Whanganui-O-Hei (The great bay of Hei) who was linked to the great migration canoe Te Arawa
  • Captain Cook visited the bay in 1769
  • Buffalo Beach was named after HMS Buffalo. It was anchored in the bay and was blown ashore by a storm on 28 July 1840. It was a converted man-o-war boat and took convicts to Sydney before coming to the bay to load spars

Mountain bike code