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    Alistair82
    Participant
    • Location: Wellington
    • Bike: 1995 XTZ660 Tenere
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Hi everyone. Me and my Dinosaur of a Tenere are planning a trip from Wellys to Napier and doing it the back road style. i have a map that has Little Manuhara Rd on it and shows it is a 4×4 track.. how 4×4 is it and has any one done it? could a old Tenere make it? its not long but if it was going to be fun ill definitely do the detour to have a play

    #14698

    Scott Livingston
    Participant
    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Hi. Nothing of value to share I’m afraid other than if Little Manuhara is anything like Puketoi Road (which is a 4×4 track best ridden when drier) then you are in for a really great ride. Mike Hydes book of NZ’s best roads includes a Puketoi route which includes some of the best off the beaten track roads in this area between Paihiatua and Akitio.

    #14699

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

    I did Little Manuhura years ago, it was relatively short with a fairly gentle slope and lots of tree roots but rideable on anything with decent ground clearance, even 2-up. That was about 5 years ago though.

    I think I’ve got a GPS track and some pics of it somewhere but it would take some digging to find it.

    @bart knows more about it and probably has pics somewhere.

    #14734

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

    Looking at Google Earth Little Manuhara might be a full on gravel road now.

    #14741

    bart
    Participant
    • Location: Tararua
    • Bike: DR650
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Little Manuhara can get a little slippery when wet but shouldn’t be a problem. Watch for pinecones/branches on the track. My old stomping ground as the track runs along part of the family farm.

    Take a look at Waihi Falls on your way through. Well worth the detour. As said, Puketio Road is also a must.

    Let me know if you need more details of that area.

    Bart

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