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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map Moir Hill Rd

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  • #11175
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: BMW R100GS, Ducati Mark 3 250 narrow case
    Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Thanks, I’ve updated the difficulty levels accordingly.

    @robbo67 said:
    I rode this today, and really feel the description etc needs updating. The entry gate from the East far from easy for a bigger bike (whale of a Tiger in my case) to get past.

    As someone who is a beginner off-road, the track is not something I would class as a beginner track and even less so if you were to come from the Western end. The track in a large chunk in the middle is made up of sand/mud and in the wet must be a nightmare, again even more so for a beginner.

    #16815
    MolecularStudent
    Participant
    Rank: 50cc Rider

    I went for my first ride through here yesterday on my Triumph Tiger XCx. Definately agree with previous post that going East to West would be easier than the other way around due to the sandy and steep track (and probably muddy in Winter). The track had been recently graded in parts and a really steep part I had the back wheel locked and pretty much just slid down! Gate no problem to get around though, off to the right of the entrance gate on the Eastern side you can ride around the back of a tree and essentially cut the gate out.

    The gate at the western end was unlocked and open and at the halfway point a jeep was parked with some equipment being used to grade the track and other tracks in the area. Perhaps getting ready for replanting pine or something? Big clearing mowed out at a high point on the track also…

    First post here too…Am looking forward to keeping my eyes out for rides around North Auckland with the good folk here πŸ™‚

    #16820
    OldBeer
    Participant
    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I rode from east to west (downhill) on 4 Feb and west to east (uphill) on 6 Feb. I was riding a drz250 with knobbly tyres. Hard to imagine anyone more inexperienced than me, these were my first real off road rides, after riding plenty of gravel roads (quite slowly it turns out, compared to the pros!). I thought it was pretty doable in both directions (=I didn’t fall off) but to me going up is easier than going down! I would agree that in the wet that muddy middle bit would be much more of a challenge. Great views from the top.

    I was told that the bit they are clearing is going to be turned back to native bush. I’m assuming that this is because this route will become part of the north south walkway and presumably link up with a track (Barker Road) a bit further down Moir Hill Road.

    Perhaps best to enjoy it now before it gets too gentrified?

    #16828
    Scott Livingston
    Participant
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    Rank: 650cc Rider

    Here’s a few pics taken last Saturday when we were riding from Moir Hill west to Woodcocks Road.

    #26636
    Daniel Fisher
    Participant
    • Town/City: Nor-West AKL
    • Bike: DRZ400E
    Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Gate at Eastern end, and how to get around said gate πŸ˜‰

    #27756
    mmeredith
    Participant
    • Bike: Husqvarna FE450 Rally Lite & FE350
    Rank: 250cc Rider

    With reference to the attached image, has anyone ever ventured down into the valley (purple) using the side tracks (Green) that branch off east-ish off Moirs Hill Road (Blue)?

    The side tracks are fairly steep but ride able, and there looks to be some great little trails in that valley.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any more info on it, or maybe even a GPS route.

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    #28536
    Andrew Eccles
    Participant
    Rank: 50cc Rider

    A nice challenging stretch of “off” road, very steep in some sections. More like a hillclimb πŸ™‚ They (2 of them) catch you a bit off guard as they begin shortly after a bend. Definitely not one to venture in the wet. The climb was fun though – had a good day for it. If you keep your speed up and weight over the handlebars – you’ll be good. The gate is tricky to pass – managed to get my large F800GS through – I don’t think this would be suitable for a 1200 though. The gate at the other end is quite technical too, you can’t squeeze through it and have a tiny detour around it. You basically have to accelerate up a bank and brake just in time before hitting a barbed wire fence. On the ride – you pass by some roadside beehives – so if you have allergies – not worth the risk. Views are nice from the top though – see photos.

    #29646
    James C
    Participant
    • Bike: 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 XR
    Rank: 250cc Rider

    I rode it on Saturday morning. First part was relatively easy. There are some sections that are marbled. (lose stones) as can be seen below. Before I knew it a locked gate was blocking my path to further fun filled adventure. Decided to climb the embankment and on we went. The road becomes a little more rutted with lots of lose gravel. But was not too taxing. Eventually came to a fork in the road and I went right, which ended being wrong for various reasons. It was clay and very slippery. I took the incorrect line, my front wheel simply slid out. It was the first time I dropped my Bike. Fortunately I had come to virtually a complete standstill before I gently lay her down, with my legs spread eagle with my bike facing the direction I had come from (complete 180). I had a chuckle to myself, thankful that I was not injured and anxious to see the damage to my bike. Apart from my bar end that was only slightly scratched, my bike was unscathed. Thank the pope. Picked it up and on I went. It was a steep gradient on the decent and I simply couldnt keep my bike from skidding from the centre into the ruts, it was just to slippery. (Needed far more aggressive tread for this track). So I estimate, at approx half way down, we decided to turn around and made our way back. It was much easier going up. We reached the fork and tried the left side of the road but not far along the track a second locked Gate prevented any further passage. It was not passable on either side. It was a beautiful morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

    #29653
    James C
    Participant
    • Bike: 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 XR
    Rank: 250cc Rider

    Here a few extra pics for those riders that have not managed to do this ride. I have very little offroad experience and I managed….to drop my bike…..but that aside it was an awesome experience.

    #34353
    Daniel Fisher
    Participant
    • Town/City: Nor-West AKL
    • Bike: DRZ400E
    Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Someone has recently dropped the tree by the gate at the eastern end. Can still get through but it is a bit precarious to do that with a hole on one side and a bank on the other. Unfortunate as it is an ULR, so the public should have unimpeded access.

    #35734
    Alex
    Participant
    Rank: 125cc Rider

    Went to access this over the weekend from the eastern side and the trail that used to go around the gate has now been dug out and a tree has been felled to block the path. It would still be possible to get around on one side but it would be a bit tricky. I didn’t attempt to pass it as it seems someone is trying to prevent access. I was under the impression this was a public road though? Anyone know anything about this?

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