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Rockin' the Mill, Hawkes Bay

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Rockin' the MillBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

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Hawkes Bay


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



January 2019: Check HB Mountain bike park websites for trail info as Loop Road and other trails are currently closed due to logging operations.

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This run is through a mountain bike park and therefore requires a permit. You can buy a vistor permit from the Four Square in Bayview (on the way to the park) or any bike shop in Napier for $10. This gives you unlimited access for 3 weeks. Also be aware that you probably shouldn't run with headphones due to needing to be alert to watch/hear for mountain bikers.

For this route, from the carpark head up to the park taking the walking route up the hill rather than the mountain bike tracks. This walking route will lead to you to the top of the hill to a closed gate which you will need to climb over. Once over the gate go right (this is loop road) until you find Boar's Nest on your left. Run down Boar's Nest and follow the following tracks to complete the 22km circuit back to your car:
Boar's Nest
Left on to Dragonfly
Straight across Tinker Road to Lorax
Exit Lorax on to Valley Road, turn left
Exit Valley road to Shag’s Landing on left
Exit Shag's Landing right on to Loop road
Follow loop Road until just past where Valley Road joins it to get to Escalator (on right)
Exit Escalator back on to Loop Road and then go straight across to Skyline
Skyline turns into Mill Valley Road which eventually reachs the highest point and then heads down into the replanted block via South Mill Valley Road
Once you stop descending go up Blowhole on your left
Exit Blowhole on to Loop road
Loop road back to Shag’s Landing
Valley Road back to Lorax
Lorax to Loop Road back to TOP of Boar's Nest
Boar's Nest again
Return to top via Loop road
Climb gate and return to carpark

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Features of interest

Views down the coast of Napier and out to sea

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 70%

Gravel Road: 15%

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  • Access

    Stateway 2 heading towards Gisborne from Napier. Just past the pine pac forest plant there is a carpark on the left. Sign posted mountain bike park.

    Carpark off the road

    17 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Get a map from a bike shop is you are worried about getting lost

    Perfect throughout.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.


    wet and muddy in winter

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