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Hatupatu

 

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TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE:

As of April 2017 Hatupatu trail is closed until further notice. Extreme weather and heavy rider traffic has damaged the trail. During the closure the Rotorua Trails Trust will be working on maintenance and drainage. It is expected to re-open in Spring or Summer 2017. 


GRADE: 5/6 LENGTH: 1.2km


BUILT: Commissioned by Rotorua Mountain Bike Club in 2008. Surveyed with funding from the Lion Foundation. Designed by James Dodds and Jeff Carter. Built by an army of volunteers who knew what a good thing it would be when they heard about this trail. Construction was by spade, machete and rake wielding volunteers led by Mike and Rob from Bike Culture on Wednesday evening working bees through the summer. DOC (Department of Conservation) staff did some of the heavy lifting by bringing their chainsaw expertise to the party on the tough sections.


GETTING THERE: Entrance is from Tuhoto Ariki trail. Most riders ride from the Tuhoto Ariki trailhead at the highest point of the forest on Tawa Rd.

Because Tuhoto Ariki is one of Rotorua's few two-way tracks it is also legitimately accessed from the other direction - by heading up Tuhoto Ariki's last section from the Moerangi Rd. end.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Rooty, lots of serious off camber and sections you need to carry momentum to clear. If you can clean it you're in an elite group, there are not many who can consistently pin a clean run through Hatu Patu, or HP as it's affectionately referred to by some locals.

It's hard enough in the dry, it it's a bit wet underfoot you'll be on lines you didn't even know existed till you got spat onto them by the roots.

Do not bring your intermediate level riding mates down here. They will definitely hate it, and possibly hurt themselves. HP is only suitable for experienced riders who thrive on rooty, tecnnical trails.

Tuhourangi iwi kaumatua, Anaru Rangiheuea, named it Hatupatu, after a young man who came to Aotearoa on the Arawa canoe and who used to hunt in the forests around Rotorua. “It’s great the trail network has names that draw attention to the history and legends of this area, adding another dimension to the experience,” says Dave Donaldson, who was one of the main movers in the construction of Tuhoto Ariki and Hatupatu. Google 'Hatupatu' for more about him, including the story of how he hid from the bird woman, Kurangaituku behind a rock near Atiamuri, now known as Hatupatu’s Rock.


GETTING OUT:

Exits on Moerangi Rd. just up from the intersection with Tawa Rd. From here, if you're feeling invincible, you can ride Dammit Janet, Chestnut Rd, Rocky Horror.

Mere mortals are more likely to ride down Moerangi road a little then hook a left into G Rock, Chestnut Link, Rollercoaster.

 

TRAIL PROFILE (click to enlarge)

 


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:
If you enjoy a challenge, this is the best trail in the Whakarewarewa Forest, off-camber, rooty and a real buzz. Thanks DOC & Bike Culture

 

ricardo2slim - 15/03/12 03:06pm

 

This track is the most fun you can have with clothes on!!

 

Clint Gray - 25/01/12 09:24pm

 

Great track. Only ridden it once in mid December when it was fairly dry. A track that demands you pick the right line and be committed to it. I had to make one dab where the rocky section juts out into the track, so am determined to ride it until I can clean the whole track. Well done to those that built it.

 

The Snooze Hound - 06/01/10 11:55pm

 

Finally a track that you need to ride well, your grandma couldn't ride it, a lot of people will hate it but it's a breath of fresh air for some of us more experienced riders. The dumbing down of the trails in Vegas is an epidemic at the moment. Hatu Patu is a good reason to ride in the redwoods again....

 

Dooby scoo - 21/07/09 10:23pm

 

This is what tracks were like back in the day, not a dirt footpath. You have to be on your game when riding this track.

 

SPANKY - 17/06/09 02:21pm