Mangamahoe Mountain Bike Park

This is the premium mountain bike venue in Taranaki, with over 35k of single track packed into a compact area of primarily plantation forest that is owned by the New Plymouth District Council. There are tracks to suit all abilities, from family-friendly grade 2’s near the entrance to the park, right up to grade 6. The majority of trails are grade 3’s and 4’s which are rideable by your ‘average’ rider. What the downhills lack in length, they often make up for in trail quality. You can check out a selection of our trails on YouTube HERE.

Trail conditions can vary greatly over the year, but the mostly drain well and are often at their best with just a bit of moisture. The trail heads are well sign-marked, but it will pay to take a map the first few times you ride there. Trail dogs are also welcome, but they must be well-behaved and please clean up after them. There are some great picnic spots around the park, particularly on the banks of the neighbouring Waiwakaiho River.

To find the park if driving from New Plymouth, head out of town on SH3, go past the entrance to Lake Mangamahoe, then take the next left onto Plantation Road where you will see plenty of angled parks and the MTB park’s main entrance. Our events and facilities centre is a short distance up the main forestry gravel road, where there is a bike wash station, bike tools, pump, and some picnic seating. Another good access option is to ride out to the park via the Hydro Road link, with the route described on Trailforks.

There are 2 ways of checking out the trail network, download a map of the forest at Lake Mangamahoe, or for the most up-to-date info you should check out our page on Trailforks.

Busing Forest

While this is a smaller trail centre, its trails can really pack a punch, with most of the trails being advanced or harder. There are plenty of jump and drop features, steep and loose terrain, and a bit of a freeride vibe. Challenging in the wet! A great place to session and improve the skills. Unfortunately, there is no escaping the gravel road grunt to get back to the entrance car park. Located at the end of Scout Road.

ROTOZ Dirt Jumps

If you really prefer to maximize your air time, love a good step-up, step-down, hip jump or wall ride, this is the place you just have to go check out. It’s a legendary venue in the dirt jump scene, and it can be found on Clemow Road just before you reach Lake Rotomanu. No knobbly tires allowed, dirt jump bikes only.