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Forums Forums Tracks & GPS North Island tracks map Thompsons Track

This topic contains 19 replies, has 10 voices, and was last updated by  paul armstrong 1 week, 4 days ago.

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  • #1378

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Thompsons track runs from near Te Aroha in the Waikato over the Kaimai Ranges to Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, however only the West side from Te Aroha to the summit is really rideable by adventure bikes as the East side passes through huge peat bogs and the track contains holes that would swallow a large 4×4.
    [See the full post at: Thompsons Track]

    #3731

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Matamata Piako District Council has announced that Thompsons Track will be closed at least over Winter 2014 due to weather damage.

    http://www.mpdc.govt.nz/index.php/news-a-events/news/2404-thompsons-track-closure

    Thompsons Track closure

    Last Updated: Monday, 19 May 2014 09:34

    Thompsons Track south of Te Aroha sustained major damage in the recent heavy rain along the Kaimai ranges. There are a number of slips and washouts on the Te Aroha side.

    “Some of the slips have buried 30 plus metre sections of the track under a mountain of wet mud, rocks and trees” said Matamata-Piako District Council Engineering Officer, Mike van Bysterveldt.

    At this stage we have no option but to temporarily close the track to all vehicles until the coming summerwhen the slips can be removed and the washouts repaired. Council staff will be liaising with the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association to see what assistance they can provide for the track cleanup.

    The estimated cost of the cleanup is expected to be around $20,000. Our current budget for maintenance of the track is $6,500 per year.

    “We ask clubs and individuals to not attempt to access the track or try to clear or traverse the slips without council consent, as this will make the repair work a lot harder,” says Mr van Bysterveldt.

    Council will be discussing the future options for the track at its next meeting in June.

    #4827

    Dean Saunders
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    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    i think your compass is backwards

    #4836

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    @Facebook – dean.saunders.7393 said:
    i think your compass is backwards

    Fixt 😉

    #5368

    awa355
    Participant
    • Location: Te Awamutu
    • Bike:
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    1972, a dt250cc, a RT2 360cc, and a CT1 175cc. rode from Putaruru, over the track and back over the Kaimais.

    Thompsons track 1972

    #5369

    awa355
    Participant
    • Location: Te Awamutu
    • Bike:
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Me on my RT2 on Thompsons track 1972.

    #6822

    MarkH
    Participant
    • Location: Morrinsville (Waikato)
    • Bike: DR650
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Update:
    I went for a ride to take a look yesterday (25 Jan 2015), gate is still closed & locked.
    There was a sign saying closed due to slips, no mention of when (or if) it was expected to re-open.

    If anyone finds out anything relevant please post.

    #7476

    Nigel Gibb
    Participant
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Yamaha XT600E
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    The remaining work on Thompsons Track is scheduled to begin in the next week or two, and should take around two weeks. We expect the track to be open again by the end of the month.
    I’ve also updated our website to reflect this – thanks for drawing it to our attention.
    Kind regards

    Jenni Cochrane | Senior Communications Officer
    Matamata-Piako District Council 35 Kenrick Street, PO Box 266, Te Aroha 3342
    p 07 884 0060 | m 0274 473 345 | f 07 884 8435 | w http://www.mpdc.govt.nz

    Please consider the environment before printing this email

    #10053

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    There has been a boulder placed on Thompsons Track when you almost get to the top, and the road is still officially closed due to slips from recent weather.

    #12996

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Due to track damage caused by recent rain and slips which has been compounded by 4wd use I’ve upgraded the track difficulty for Thompsons Track to Experienced riders only for bikes up to 650cc and Not Recommended for bikes over 650cc.

    #13816

    Badjelly
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    • Location:
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    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Hi all

    Can anyone who’s done this track tell me if it connects to roads on the Tauranga side? I’d like to go up and over, rather than up and back.

    Thanks

    #13818

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    It does go right over to just out of Katikati, but once over the top it gets even knarlier, bogs and holes that easily swallow a large 4wd. I would recommend not attempting it alone and not on a big bike, I know of DRZ400’s ridden by experienced enduro riders that struggled to get through.

    If you do attempt it take a camera and a gps.

    #13844

    Badjelly
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    ok – thanks

    I’ll wait till it dries out too!

    #13845

    ss2fly
    Participant
    • Location: Tauranga
    • Bike: KTM 540exc - modified
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    I went a few years ago on an XR600R from the Tauranga side to see how far I could get.
    Not far it would seem. Went over a rise into a big hole and lost the whole bike under the mud. I was still sitting on it but only my chest up was sticking out of the muck….
    Took a few hours to haul the bike out by myself with a strop and another hour to get it going again…

    Damn 4×4’s have destroyed the track, used to be awesome…

    Can’t remember the time of year I went but it was not winter, the track itself wasn’t that damp but the hole I ended up in was big enough to stay wet year round I would say.

    Don’t know what the rest of it is like, went home after that character building exercise never to return…

    #13847

    Badjelly
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    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun…

    Will wait till the very end of summer, and take a rope or two.

    Thanks

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