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GRADE: 4


LENGTH: 2km


BUILT: Mid 2016


GETTING THERE: From the high point of Hill Road, opposite the start of Frontal Lobotomy trail. If you're coming from Direct Rd or the western side (Waipa MTB carpark side) of Hill Rd - ride to the entry to Frontal Lobotomy and Whaki is on your left.
If you're riding up Hill Rd from the Eastern side (Eagle Vs Shark side), as soon as the hill flattens off you'll see the entry to Tukonohi on your right - go a little further to reach Whaki.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Hand built and flowing in a similar style to Tukonohi Trail. There are a couple of short, flat pedalling sections but overall it's a fun descent that is action packed with small features.
A couple of drops require the rider to be able to loft their front wheel - if you're riding it for the first time be sure to take it easy and scope it out. One of them is only obvious when you're right on top of it - so don't be too enthusiastic on your first ride down. If you're not sure, walk or go round the couple of more technical sections - you'll still love the riding on the remainder of it!
After the initial open section through recently-harvested forest the trail traverses across the slope into pine tree plantation. The nature of the trail changes a little with the terrain, a few roots, a few greasy corners if it's damp underfoot.

Whaki crosses over the singletrack climbing trail of Sidewinder - it's clearly marked so you can't get it wrong. 


GETTING OUT: The trail ends on gravel road with several options:

Turn right up the gravel road, Sidewinder is on your right to take you up towards Direct road. This a good way to access Hot X Buns from the back (Direct Rd.) side of it.

It's also a good way to get back to where you started from - Sidewinder, then left on Direct Rd. to get to the start point of Whaki.

You could also keep going on the gravel road and not turn up Sidewinder, that takes you to Windy Rd.
Note - when you hit Sidewinder trail at the halfway point you can turn off Whaki and climb Sidewinder to head back to other trails (although then you miss a large part of Whaki, of course).

 

 


Please ride within your limits, and be aware that trails can change with weather and heavy use from race events effecting their difficulty. Ride Rotorua will in no way be liable for any injury or damages arising from riding any of the trails listed on the Ride Rotorua website.

 

 

RIDERS COMMENTS:

This is one of my favourite trails in the forest, with lovely flowing sections, little pops, roll over, off camber goodness and a technical forest blast at the end to test your mettle. Some of the trail is eroding and becoming close to a grade 5, so keep your wits about you.

 

Nicola - 27/12/16 08:11pm