A Roundabout Way to the Lost TankBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
The first two loops are shared access trails, so give way to MTB's.
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When you arrive at the MTB Hub, the shelter will be in front of you, go to the left of the shelter and head further to the left of the Kids MTB area and you will find a trail.... folow this trail, it is a loop (nearly) and will bring you to a gravel road after just over 2km. Look over the gravel road and you will see another trail sign, hop over onto that and follow it until it pops you back onto the carpark to the right of where you started.
Turn left along the carpark road for about 100m and you will see the entrance to Uno... this again is a loop.... so away you go until it too pops you back at the carpark. Now if you look across the carpark you will see the barrier across a road heading downhill... head towards that but just before you reach it, take the trail that appears on your left. About 200 metres down this trail there is a post on your right and another post further to your right (these used to be signs until they were stolen). Head to the second post and a trail opens ahead of you through the bush, follow this to the 'Lost Tank'. From here you can retrace your steps or look to the right of the tank and a less obvious trail will give you a small loop back to the main trail... then retrace your steps to the carpark and car!
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Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 65%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 5%
Sealed Road: 0%
TECT Park is about 28km from Rotorua on the Tauranga Direct Road, about 35km from Tauranga on the same road and about 33km from Te Puke via Te Matai Road. Once at TECT Park head into the main entrance and take the first left under the main road, follow this to a T intersection and turn right, following the signs to the Mountainbike Hub.
Massive carpark and toilet at the MTB Hub, plus a trail map in case you are confused.
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None, pretty good running all year around... some of the trail may just get a bit slippery.
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