Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby ccoutts on Mon 10/Jun/13 5:24pm

Had a great weekend taking the bikes for a walk on the Te Iringa, staying overnight at Oamaru Hut last weekend. 3 of us camped Friday night at Te Iringa campsite at the start of the track, then got moving at 10am with perfect blue skies and 1degC temps. Started riding for about 500m, before the track quickly turned into a steep push. Fairly buggered by the time we hauled the bikes and packs to the top, via some big steps and switchbacks. Not to mention the log jams and slips. Had lunch at the clearing, then started the descent to the valley on the other side. Some real nice flowing singletrack through amazing old native forest. Then a stream crossing via a fallen tree, and some nice boggy unridable patches to a long narrow swingbridge. The rest of the track slowly dropped to the hut, and was a welcome sight at 4pm.

Oamaru Hut is nicely situated overlooking the river plain, and has a chunky wood burner with loads of firewood and coal. Running water, and 2 bunk rooms.

After a night talking about guns and deer and diary-farming with the hunters, and a fair bit of port, we set off again at 9am. This time it was steadily raining and still friggen cold. Saw 2 Whio Whio (Blue ducks), which are meant to be pretty rare. By the time we reached the base of the range we were drenched through. The slog up the hill sucked and was relentless, but about 1/2 could be ridden if we had the energy. A LOT of bike carrying over many fallen trees, rocky bits and stream crossings. Funny, didn't remember these on the way in, and took much longer to reach the top. Wet, tired, bloody, and hungry, we started the descent, and it was the absolute highlight of the trip. What I expected to be unrideable on the way up turned into fun steep technical downhill, with enough ruts and steps and slippery roots to keep you busy with the brakes and sitting on the back wheel. About 30min solid downhill got us to the bottom with serious grins. Good to see the car was still intact.

All in all, well worth the full-body-workout. The track conditions were great, albeit for the regular obstacles, and the forest was very impressive. Keen to get back sometime.
Chris
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Re: Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby Rik on Mon 10/Jun/13 6:51pm

Excellent write up. That sounds like s great ride
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Re: Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby Hawkesbaymtb on Wed 12/Jun/13 11:29am

Chris - great report.
I have forward this onto DoC - they ask for as much feedback as possible on their tracks - the more the better (it shows to them that we are using them & of what parts need improving, etc).

I also added, that it would be great if they could clear the fallen trees & slips to make it even more accessible/rideable.
Some of our local riders who have also ridden this track, state that with a few more track improvements, this track could be on par with the likes of the Moerangi Track.

DoC website info on this track, off SH5, SE of Taupo:

* Clements Mill Road to Oamaru Track via Te Iringa
Time: 6-8hr walking. 4-6hr mountain biking. Grade 5: Expert

This shared tramping/mountain bike track leaves from the car park 5km along Clements Mill Road . It climbs to a clearing where the Te Iringa Hut used to be (1-2 hours), then skirts around Mt Te Iringa (1241 m), before dropping down to the Tikitiki Stream/Kaipo River junction, where the track forks at a swingbridge. Take the main track straight ahead and follow the true right of the Kaipo River down to Oamaru Hut (12 bunks), situated near the confluence of the Kaipo and Oamaru rivers.

NB: Te Iringa hut has burnt down and will not be replaced. It may show on older maps.

NB: Mountain bike use of this track is under trial. Mountain bike access is a return trip only. Absolutely no access through Poronui Station or other tracks in the area.



* below is a new trial for mountain biking in the Ruahines

Do you like to ride new exciting places?
In partnership with DOC, a trial with mountain bikes on Ruahine tracks is now underway.
You can apply for a permit to ride 5 tracks in the Ruahines and one in the Rangitikei, which are:

1. Kahikatea walk
2. Deerford Track and Oroua to Heritage lodge
3. Oroua Coal Creek campsite and Limestone Rd
4. Tamaki road end to Stanfield hut
5. Coppermine track
6. Bruce Park Reserve

The Ruahine Forest Park Conservation Management Plan currently prohibits mountain biking in the park, except on four designated tracks of:
Takapari Rd; Holmes Ridge Track; No-Mans Rd & Yeomans Track.
The CMS is soon to be reviewed. As land manager's DOC are keen to have more people use the park and if some tracks could be suitable for mountain biking, then the plan may be modified and some tracks improved to better suit mountain bikes.

DOC need feedback on which tracks would be worthwhile improving. To do this, a permit scheme is being trialled to allow individuals to cycle the designated tracks in the park, as listed above. As this is a trial phase we are asking you to complete a survey after your ride, to help inform future development of mountain biking in the forest park.

More info, including link to these permits - http://www.russells.net.nz/home/doc-ruahine-mtb-permits
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Re: Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby ccoutts on Wed 12/Jun/13 11:41am

Nice one, thanks!

Absolutely... if both sides of the hill had obsticles cleared and contained longer stretches of rideable track, this would be better than the Moerangi. Same awesome native bush, wildlife, but technical fast mtbing.

Downside is that every man and his dog would use it, and might degrade it. The beech tree leaves were great to ride on though, no muddy sticky bits and track felt very firm, even after rains.

Something else to mention to DOC is the annoying level of rubbish left by hunters (I'm guessing) at the clearings along the way. Especially near the swingbridge. That place was a tip, with old gas canisters with bullet holes, tuna tins, etc. Really disappointing. With enough mtb'ers through there, picking up stuff, we could clean it up though :-)
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Re: Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby jimmymic on Sat 15/Jun/13 2:43am

Was in on Te Iringa the same weekend as ccoutts with a group of 7 riders. Four of us on Single Speeds was very rideable.

Overall it was an outstanding day out. We went in to the lunch spot down by the river and then back out again.

The ride out was very quick, more riding than pushing, 1 1/2 hours out.

We had a real mix of riders from very experienced to one who had only been riding for three months.

Link to Strava before the battery ran out on the way home

http://app.strava.com/activities/59327619

It is well worth a visit and encourage you to get out there and try it.
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Re: Te Iringa Trip Report

Postby Colin on Wed 20/Nov/13 5:13pm

Hawkesbaymtb wrote:
* below is a new trial for mountain biking in the Ruahines

Do you like to ride new exciting places?
In partnership with DOC, a trial with mountain bikes on Ruahine tracks is now underway.
You can apply for a permit to ride 5 tracks in the Ruahines and one in the Rangitikei, which are:

1. Kahikatea walk
2. Deerford Track and Oroua to Heritage lodge
3. Oroua Coal Creek campsite and Limestone Rd
4. Tamaki road end to Stanfield hut
5. Coppermine track
6. Bruce Park Reserve

The Ruahine Forest Park Conservation Management Plan currently prohibits mountain biking in the park, except on four designated tracks of:
Takapari Rd; Holmes Ridge Track; No-Mans Rd & Yeomans Track.
The CMS is soon to be reviewed. As land manager's DOC are keen to have more people use the park and if some tracks could be suitable for mountain biking, then the plan may be modified and some tracks improved to better suit mountain bikes.

DOC need feedback on which tracks would be worthwhile improving. To do this, a permit scheme is being trialled to allow individuals to cycle the designated tracks in the park, as listed above. As this is a trial phase we are asking you to complete a survey after your ride, to help inform future development of mountain biking in the forest park.

More info, including link to these permits - http://www.russells.net.nz/home/doc-ruahine-mtb-permits

I had forgotten about this. Must sus it out for a mission this summer.
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