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I’ve been riding in the 42 traverse for 25 years and I can say after all that time I still havent ridden all the tracks on the DOC map. The attached pic is a photo of the DOC map and all the coloured in tracks are the ones I’ve ridden…..actually I found another one the other week that I havent put on there. 🙂 I have an old Garmin gps that I dont have the cord (pre USB) to connect it to get the data off.
A group of us went through on Monday, track is in good shape with only a few short sections of mud, despite all the rain we’ve had this summer!
Heading North into into the 42nd traverse at about the 30km mark there is a big washout.
I definitely don’t recommend taking a big bike on that trail until summer or wait till after it gets repaired. The washout is just too steep/slippery to traverse, it was difficult even on a quad with a winch
The XTR125 after getting out of the 42nd.
My Attempt at the 42nd Traverse with the R1200GS
Great video and commentary Joao.
Thanks so much for sharing.
This makes me want to fit some knobblies to the DR and tackle this track again (in the dry)!
@adscott8, I will be doing this when the weather warms up. It,ll be another weekend trip as @black-betty and I have unfinished business there.
We’re gonna have a crack at the 42nd this weekend.
how did this trip go @oscar? is the track in a fair condition for quad bikes?
There’s been some work done, but it’s only gone 15 km or so.
The main problem was that there is a big tree north of the main river crossing.
It is only passable by bikes.
We went up to the 10 man hut and that was pretty good.
True that @brainflex . Maybe early November? Same plan, but hopefully a different result next time. I’ve just registered the steed and have a couple of new tyres ready to go
Sounds good. I’ll be in touch.
I’m doing this again for the umpteenth time late this November. Been riding in here with Alkylda for the last 25 years
The 42 Traverse ride is but one of a multitude of tracks in there, some are very knarly even when dry.
There is always somewhere to explore and like Alkylda stated, we haven’t found them all yet.
In fact, years ago we found a cave system we explored after parking up the bikes and a dam (there a a couple and we can find one) but we cannot find these places again….
Easy to get lost so you gotta be careful if you go off the main track.
I have ridden a lot of places in my 42 years and this is by far the best place to ride, bar none!
Going to do this both ways on day 1 followed by Fishers track on day 2
I agree it’s an excellent area for trail bike exploring, we’re going there this weekend.
Are you thinking of the Okupata Caves near the old sawmill on Pukehinau Rd? There is a DOC sign on the roadside, we didn’t go far in without a torch.
Snow has crushed a lot of bush down onto the side tracks, making them very slow going.
Hows the main track?