Uenuku Pines - Waikune Forest - Ruapehu, is the first Mountain Bike Park in the Ruapehu region. Their have been unofficial trails coming and going in Waikune Forest for decades, built and maintained by local volunteers, but as it’s a commercial pine forest a permit is supposed to be obtained before entering, so everyone was actually trespassing! With the recent increase in popularity and publicity, it was necessary to either become a legitimate Mountain Bike Park, or stop all riding and trail building. With help from the forestry managers and a small army of dedicated people, ‘The Pines’ has officially become ‘Uenuku Pines Mountain Bike Park’ and will be operated in a similar way to many other pine forest MTB parks throughout New Zealand.
Membership of the Ruapehu Mountain Bike Club is also your permit to enter Waikune Forest and ride Uenuku Pines. The RMTBC is affiliated to Cycling New Zealand, and all members of affiliated clubs are covered by their insurance policy, protecting the assets of the forest. It is a legal requirement to have this insurance.
On November 1st 2018, Uenuku Pines officially opened. We can now apply for funding and develop Uenuku Pines into a superb mountain biking facility for everyone in the Ruapehu district to enjoy.
In order to access the Pines you'll need to join the Ruapehu MTB club. Membership is only $15/year for adults, $10 for kids, or $25 for the whole family.
Go 3km South (towards Ohakune) on SH4 from National Park. The old Waikune prison is on your left. On your right is "The Pines". There is a tar-sealed road across the railway tracks on your right that heads down to the old mill site. This is the old forestry area that the prison used to mill. Throughout the pines are great tracks.
You can also ride the "Top Pines". Approx 500 metres past Mountain Heights Motel on SH4 is a track on the right. Follow this through to the rail lines, cross and you'll see the track. You can ride down to the mill site also.
Not a bad track to do in the wet, as the track is not too badly affected by the rain. 30% shingle track.
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