Te Mata Park is pleased to advise that this year it has developed mountain biking trails for bikers at all levels – from Grade 2 (easy) to Grade 6 (extreme). The trails allow bikers to be largely separated from walkers, with safety further enhanced and controlled by crossing points between the biking and walking trails.
A combined project between Te Mata Park Trust, members of the Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club and the Bennelong Mountain Bike Club, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Hastings District Council, the trails were completed in 2017, by SouthStar Trails, one of New Zealand’s foremost trails builder. The result is fun, flowing trails cleverly built through the outstanding landscape of the Park.
A map of the various trails is due on our website later in June.
Please send us photographs of your friends mountain biking on Te Mata Park, or post as a visitor on our Facebook page. We are building up our website and we need pictures of people having a sensational time on Te Mata Park’s mountain biking trails.
We hope you have a great time mountain biking the Park.
Te Aratipi Uphill Trail – Grade 2
Te Aratipi means ‘a road to skim lightly along the surface of; and, to roam about’. Te Aratipi Uphill Trail does this with consistent gradients manageable for inexperienced riders. It traverses land near Te Mata Peak Road that was little used but now is much appreciated.
The trail can be accessed from Chambers Walk at two points. Either enter Chambers Walk at the end of Tauroa Road, and bike 1.2km up to the trail, or enter Chambers Walk at the Te Mata Peak Car Park gates on Te Mata Peak Road and travel 500m to the start.
Please note that Chambers Walk is not a Mountain Trail Bike trail.
Detoured section on Te Aratipi Uphill Single Trail – May 2017
In early 2017, a section of this trail was detoured following an incident where a biker died. Te Mata Park and Hastings District Council commissioned an independent safety review of that part of the trail. The future of this section will be determined by the Trust Board after we have fully considered the safety review report.
Te Kahu Trail – Grade 3 (2.35km)
Te Kahu means ‘a large brown hawk’. Beginning near the top of Te Aratipi Uphill Trail, Te Kahu is a Grade 3 flowing downhill trail. Riders will glide like hawks all the way down to the Tauroa Road Car Park, enjoying multiple purpose-built rollers, tabletops, berms, small jumps, snakes, drops, bridges, rocks and more. Chicken lines are available around the more trickier features.
The lower part of the trail, running parallel to Chambers Walk, was originally built by the local Bennelong Mountain Bike Club. Riders not wishing to return to the car park can glide down Te Kahu to Chambers Walk and then back up Te Aratipi Uphill for another circuit!
The start of this trail can be found at the end of the Te Aratipi Uphill Trail or can be entered by driving up Te Mata Peak Road to the middle car park known as the Saddle Car Park.
Ngati Hori Trail – Grade 6 Riders looking for adventure will choose the Ngati Hori Trail (previously referred to informally as George’s Trail) further up Te Mata Peak Road. This is a Grade 6 (extreme) trail, on the steepest of terrain with three jumps about 2m high. Ngati Hori is not for the faint-hearted nor the inexperienced, but it does have Grade 4 chicken lines around the jumps! Try them when you are ready or wait to watch someone else.
The trail can be accessed by riding 500m up Te Mata Peak Road from the end of Te Kahu track. It is a 550m trail that joins Te Kahu Trail, allowing you to travel a further 1.64km to the Tauroa Road Car Park.
You might like to check out George Brannigan, international New Zealand downhill representative and Hawke’s Bay local who has done the jumps and rates them. George, his brother, and a few friends originally started riding in this gully many years ago, creating a single track line.
Te Ihu Trail – Grade 4
Near the top of Te Mata Peak Road is one of New Zealand’s classic mountain biking trails, built in the 1980s by periodic detention workers and is the oldest, longest and, arguably, best in our Park.
We have renamed it Te Ihu (the Nose) because it runs from the Nose of the Peak. This Grade 4 trail takes riders to down the Te Hau Valley, with a challenging ride in outstanding scenery.
Work will soon be underway to revamp Te Ihu to preserve its toughness but modernise the contour and drainage.
Chambers Walk is the main wide thoroughfare linking the Tauroa Road Car Park and the Main Gates Car Park. Chambers Walk is available for mountain bikers going UPHILL ONLY; it is very important for safety, that bikers DO NOT ride downhill. PLEASE WALK YOUR BIKE.
Part of Te Kahu, a Grade 3 mountain biking trail runs parallel to Chambers Walk down to the Tauroa Road Car Park. This is suitable for almost all mountain bikers, and in 2017 was improved with interesting features that make it fun to ride.
We have plans for more trails on and around Te Mata Park that may incorporate private land for access and adventure. Keep checking back or join our Facebook page for more updates.
Code of Conduct
All riders in Te Mata Park need to take care when biking near walkers and follow the mountain bikers’ Code of Conduct.