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Oropi Grove MTB Gliding, Bay of Plenty

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Oropi Grove MTB GlidingBeginner

Submitted by Anthony Sowerby

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest


1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



Part of the track at the Joyce Road end has been closed (descent of Switchbacks) due to recent weather events. There's a detour in place which is easy to follow.

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As the run is in a designated mountain bike park, owned and managed by Tauranga City Council, they request that you follow all trails in the correct direction and give way to all bike riders.

For your first run, at least, it is definitely worth downloading the map and paying special attention to any signs telling you when you're heading in the wrong direction. Similarly, avoid using headphones so you can keep an ear out for any mountain bikes.

This route mostly follows the "Park Loop Ride". Starting from the Joyce Road entrance, turn right onto Switchbacks Climb, which then turns into Switchbacks. Turn onto Ridge Track and then onto Fenceline Track, staying right to head up Bridge Track. This will eventually take you to Access Road where you can see a bridge which you cross. From here head up Exit Track which will deposit you at the Oropi Road Carpark.

On the other side of the carpark head onto Entry Track and stay left on this track which will eventually take you to Pines Loop. Take the "long" way on this trail looping around to Trail Link. A right turn onto Access Road will take you back over the bridge and then onto River Trail. At the end turn left briefly then right onto Tomas Loop and pick up Switchbacks Climb, where again you take the "long" route until you reach the end at Joyce Road.

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The run is in Oropi Grove Mountain Bike Park which is Tauranga's longest serving mountain bike park.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 90%

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  • Access

    There's two starting points you can pick between. The first is opposite 212 Joyce Road, where there is parking for about 4 vehicles and the second is at the main Oropi Road MTB carpark where there is loads of parking.

    Parking at either of the above points is safe, although I doubt there's any regular public transport to either spot.

    14 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There's a few places where the trails criss cross one another so it's reasonably easy to end up thinking you're on one trail when you aren't. It isn't a big issue (so long as you're not going in the wrong direction) as the trails aren't long and you'll usually end up somewhere near where you were heading.

    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Not sure as to availability of water, but as it's a short run simply bring your own.

    It's pretty dusty in summer but no real seasonality issues.

    Beware of the mountain bikes. This is their playground and we're there as guests. The trails are pretty tight in a lot of places and there's not tons of folk out there, but be watchful/earful of any bikes that might be coming up from behind on downhill sections.

  • Post run indulgence

    Four14 Espresso
    414 Pyes Pa Road
    Do a pretty good coffee and food looks decent too. They're open until 3pm 7 days a week. Otherwise, you can always go to The Crossing.

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