Kawerau & Tarawera
Onepu Community Recreation Park
Onepu Mountain Bike Park offers 15km of mainly single track on flat to rolling terrain which means there is only gentle climbing even the smallest member of your group will make it around the trails. The Park is on privately-owned land but is open to the public thanks to the generosity of Norske Skog Tasman. Most trails are graded 2 but there is also a Grade 3 climb and a Grade 3 descent. As a bonus there’s the buzz of ‘The Sandpit’ which has been purpose built with BMX-style jumps to keep the whole tribe happy. The park is accessed off SH30 where it meets Braemar Rd. There is a toilet at the park but no other facilities. Some trails are shared use with walkers, and “Oh Mai Mai” is closed during duck-hunting season.
Trail Information and Map: https://www.whakatane.com/activities/onepu-mountain-bike-park
Monika Lanham Reserve Trails
There are various trails throughout this large reserve which is in the centre of Kawerau. A specially built wooden-decked downhill track is a feature at the top of the reserve. Other mountain bike tracks are also used by walkers. Access is from Fenton Mill Rd.
Tarawera River Walk
There are dual use mountain biking and walking trails along the Tarawera River starting at Boyce Park on the corner of River Road and Tamarangi Drive. From the park, head south and behind Tarawera High School through the reserves to the Waterhouse Street Bridge. From here continue along the river banks past Firmin Field and onto Tarawera Park then along the edge of the golf course until you get to the pipe bridge. Return the way you came. The return trip takes around an hour at a moderate speed.