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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map 42nd Traverse

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  • #9777
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    You can go either way, on a motorcycle South to North is considered a bit easier.

    #9802
    Aaron Martin
    Participant
    • Bike: 2016 Africa Twin
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    I have done it both ways on a dirt bike, tyres will be the deciding factor, about a third of the way in on the North to South direction there is a rocky bank and then a long clay hill to climb.

    #10756
    wairau
    Participant
    • Bike: husky te300, ktm 1090r
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    how long does this track take, one end to the other?

    many thanks

    #11027
    granteuk
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    This track is currently closed to 4X4’s due to poor track conditions. Making it extremely tough going on a 2 wheel motorbike. I wouldn’t recommend it on anything 650 or larger. for small cc enduro bikes only, unless travelling in a group of very experienced riders.

    #11029
    wairau
    Participant
    • Bike: husky te300, ktm 1090r
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    well, in answer to my own question its a lazy 1:45 roughly each way plus time stopped for scouting out the water crossings, taking pics, etc.

    i went through about 3 weeks ago, straight after the last of decent rain. because i was solo and didnt really know what i was in for, i took a 300cc 2 stroke enduro.

    compared to what i had seen on youtube, the deep rutted clay sections (towards the southern end i’m guessing) have all been tidied right up by doc. i was surprised at the track condition and in the dry i’d be happy to take my 690 but anything bigger would take the fun out of it for me, and you’d want a few mates to do the pushing i reckon.

    #11036
    Ray Taylor
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    <cite> @granteuk said:</cite>
    This track is currently closed to 4X4’s due to poor track conditions. Making it extremely tough going on a 2 wheel motorbike. I wouldn’t recommend it on anything 650 or larger. for small cc enduro bikes only, unless travelling in a group of very experienced riders.

    Really? As of Jan 2015?
    I am thinking of going through in the next couple of weeks on my side-by-side ATV so not a full vehicle but more like a quad bike.

    #11037
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    42nd traverse is closed to 4 wheeled vehicles until at least January 8th due to dickheads in 4wd’s pulling apart concrete barriers and going into the track in the wet and ripping it up.

    A decision will be made on Jan 8th whether to open the track to 4 wheel vehicles or not depending on track conditions and how wet it is in there.

    #11301
    granteuk
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Yes, information accurate as of a few days after christmas. Track closed to 4×4 vehicles until further notice, due to poor track conditions. there are concrete “tank traps” at each end a few km’s in to restrict the width of vehicles entering down to mountain bikes, motorcycles and quads. You will proably not get a side-by-side in there just now. I travelled the 42 Trav a few days after Christmas on a loaded up 700 Transalp, and it was definately a challenge – person above who says 1 hour 45 mins to get through may be right for a small enduro bike, but for a 650cc or larger adventure bike bank on 3 or 4 hours. It’s very steep, very rough, very slippery and you are going to drop your bike and have to pick it up many times. you will be exhausted. if you are not in a group of other riders to help you, you may not make it at all, and spend the night in the bush. take food, water, change of clothes. It may only be 47km end to end, but it’s not to be taken lightly….

    #11399
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    @oscar, would you have a GPS tracklog for getting up to 10 man hut?

    #11622
    JJHG
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    @granteuk – thanks for that advice. Really helpful.

    #11643
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The 42nd Traverse GPX track and the page description has been updated to include a 2nd tracklog and waypoints for the Ten Man Hut sidetrack.

    #11716
    cegan0
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Hi all,

    Update on the 42nd, went through it on Thursday 3rd. Weather was dry and i was on a reasonably loaded DR650. I would strongly advise not to proceed on anything heaver or taller as much of the track is over grown. I approached from the south end which was ok for the first ~5km but then deteriorated with some serious washouts etc and steep slippery climbs [big smiles]. You have to really commit after some of the descents as the soap rock and washouts would not permit you to backtrack. The southern section up to ten man hut section is quite challenging and shouldn’t be approached solo or without sufficient supplies and only on a light bike that is easy to hog around. the only tracks i came across were a four wheeler and push bike [must of taken them days by the signs of camp fires] The section from ten man hut to the northern section is pretty easy but has some nice potholes.
    I will upload some footage later

    Cheers for the great site!!

    #13092
    The Terror of Taupo
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    I can’t wait to do this ride. I have ridden around the tracks at the southern end quite a few times. Old logging roads. Great fun.But i have never ridden right thru. 10 man hut looks like the go!

    #16040
    Michael Matthews
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    42nd Traverse, completed yesterday with a buddy. There has been 126mm of rain last 30 days, 27mm in the last 7 days and 3mm the day before on Wednesday so it wasn’t dry but it could have been worse.
    Buddy on the KLR is fairly new to off road riding so comes off his bike at 25 seconds, 1:44, 8:20 and 13:50. Took us 4 hours start to finish as we stopped often and took it slowly.
    I found the track in similar condition to my last visit in early 2015 and I had no real trouble on my Transalp and near new knobby Shinkos.
    Please excuse the amateur movie making attempt;

    #16042
    Dave Young
    Participant
    • Bike: KLX150L, R1200GS
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I hope no mirrors were broken in the making of this movie. A good effort all round.

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