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RTRC Club Track Loop, Bay of Plenty

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RTRC Club Track LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Alton

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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From the car park, head left along Windy Road towards Blue Lake and follow the Black track signs, after entering the bush at about 1km from the start, there is a small post with a Black Track arrow pointing left, if you look right at this point you will see some red and white tape heading up hill - this is the RTRC club track. Follow the red and white tape up this super knarly track until you come out at the top of the forest on Tawa Road.

Just before the top the trail reaches a MTB track, this is where the tape stops, turn left here and in about 80m you will reach the road.Head left to the top of the hill where you will see a sign for the Tuhoto Ariki Track. Follow this to the very end, where it pops out onto Moerangi Road. Head right and down. You will pass one major intersection with large rocks piled on both sides of the road, go past this and past the next forestry road heading off to the right.

When you reach a T intersection with a sign for Moerangi Road pointing where you've just been, turn right again and up Hill Road. Go to the top of Hill and down the other side. On reaching the bottom of Hill Rd, continue on the footpath on the left side of carpark back to your car.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 0%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 30%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    This loop starts from the 'Black Shack' car park, it's opposite a house on Tarawera Road, coming from Rotorua it is a couple of minutes after the Lake Okareka turnoff.

    Park at the carpark opposite the Black Shack

    9 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is no water on this loop

    This track is runnable all year, the RTRC club track can be muddy in the wet

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