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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map Old Whangamomona Road

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  • #909
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Old Whangamomona Road runs from Whangamomona village to the ‘Bridge to Somewhere’. The track is no longer council maintained and only kept open by the efforts of local 4×4 clubs.
    In summer the 17km track is a dustbowl, however any rain at all will turn the track into a slippery slide that you can barely stand up on due to it’s papa clay base.
    [See the full post at: Old Whangamomona Road]

    #9395
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Old Whangamomona Road is currently is closed due flood damage, slips etc as a result of the horrendous rainfall over June 20th to 22nd.
    The Whangamomona Road Action Group Inc are intending on having the road reopened for the summer months.

    #10535
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The Old Whangamomona Road still has some big slips in place.

    #11671
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The Old Whangamomona Road is now open again and the track has changed in places due to the the slips and damage shown above.

    We traveled over the Old Whangamomona Road as part of our Adventure Riding NZ 2016 Taumaranui Ride and recorded an updated tracklog which is now available for download.

    #11672
    Box.a.Bits
    Participant
    • Town/City: Wellington
    • Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Maybe need to edit the above? 42nd, or Old Whanga Rd?

    #11673
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Updated thanks. That’s what happens when you are tired and are trying to do lots of things at once.

    #13066
    Brent Finlay
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Any Idea on current state of this Track as looking at going this way this Sunday 8th and doing the big loop where it pops back out at Kohuratahi rd on to 43

    #13067
    Addo007
    Participant
    • Town/City: New Plymouth
    • Bike: Vstrom 650, husaberg 300
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    <cite> @Brent Finlay said:</cite>
    Any Idea on current state of this Track as looking at going this way this Sunday 8th and doing the big loop where it pops back out at Kohuratahi rd on to 43

    I was out there just over a month ago and it was wet and boggy by the two tunnels. Since then we have had a huge amount of rain, I’m picking it’s going to be bad there at the moment. Not sure about slips etc but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was unpassable.

    #13169
    Unhingedlizard
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    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Was out there last Saturday hunting. Aside from the two bog areas mentioned its actually pretty good. Slippy but there was a group of guys on dirt bikes came past as we were walking back to the car. walked most of the way along.

    Edit: The road did suffer a massive slip before the conservation area and there is a sign saying road closed. I got my 4×4 to the conservation gate tho.

    #13189
    Brent Finlay
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    There was a bit of mud last Wkend

    #17697
    RileyW
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    G’day, anyone know the current conditions of the Old Whanga Road since the last few storms? Looking at going through ANZAC weekend, mates are also keen to take a 4wd if that is viable?
    Cheers

    #17789
    nzvizsla
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    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Might be a bit late for you Riley, but we just got back from doing old whanga rd. Depends what your riding capability is and what bike you’re on, but its pretty hard core. At one point seriously considered turning around, but had pretty well committed at that point. Glad we finished it as it got better further in( in saying that it was fricken epic all in all) There are some serious sections of mud and bog holes at the moment though. Easy enough to get through in the end, but you never know how deep those holes are going to be. Easier once you just commit and say wtf here we go then. Have fun, its a blast

    #17790
    nzvizsla
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider
    #17794
    nzvizsla
    Participant
    • Rank: 50cc Rider
    #18923
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Stratford District Council is looking at the future of Whangamomona and 2 of the things it’s looking at are the full sealing of SH43 – the Forgotten Highway and the future status of the Old Whangamomona Road.
    Stratford District Council hasn’t maintained the the Old Whangamomona Road for about 20 years and is considering options including removing it’s paper road status completely, or having some level of involvement in it’s maintenance.

    Stratford District Council has a submission form where you can read it’s thoughts and provide feedback. You can download the form here: http://www.stratford.govt.nz/images/District_Plan/Stratford-2035-Future-of-Whangamomona.pdf

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