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Rode this on Monday morning North to South. If your prepared to waste 20mins I have made a video of the entire length in it’s current state. From the videos/pics above, there are no longer Punga logs after the tunnel, but the slips have been cleared. Current state, quite a few trees down, large and small (unpassable by 4×4 right now, pine tree within a meter or so of cliff I had to ride around) couple of the bogs I bottomed out on, and there are a couple of sink holes on the track, but still very rideable, at least on a small bike anyway.
@daniel_fisher Thanks for sharing your video. I’ll probably head out there in the next couple of days with a saw and clear some of the downed trees blocking the track.
Today I armed myself with a saw and cleared the track of fallen manuka as seen in the video by @daniel_fisher . I did the damp and slippery Old Road as a solo ride on my Kawasaki KLX150L with a well worn 80/20 Avon Trailrider tyre on the rear wheel starting from the Bridge to Somewhere (Aotuhia) and ending at the Whangamomona Hotel. Daniel mentioned a couple of holes that swallowed bikes and I encountered them too. One lies in wait at the 3 km mark and the last really narly one at the last tunnel heading north. The punga logs are sunken/broken and a real hindrance in making way past the tunnel end so be prepared to take some time to scope out a good line through the quagmire.
This article just appeared in the local Newspaper.
Well I could be for this depending on how they would want to spend that money. Id imagine these days 1.86M won’t actually get that much work done, so hopefully they are just looking at strengthening the bridges and perhaps some work on slip control measures. On the other hand if they plan on widening, metalling or removing the challenges of the road, that would be very sad indeed.
Another picture. This isn’t from the Old Whangamomona Rd, but is from the same area. Stratford District Council are warning people that the bridge is unsafe to use and use is at their own risk. So if this is where the money is planned on going, then have at it I say.
Anyone done this recently?? Ggood dry weather should make lots of fun
I heard from my neighbour, whose crew rides dirt bikes, that the road had suffered a major slip and also a bridge had been washed out making it impassable but that was back in March/April after the last of 3 ex-tropical cyclones pushed through. It is possible that the local 4×4 club has fixed up the road since then.
Facebook group Member Facunda Rosa went through on February 8th and found 4×4’s had made a big hole which he got stuck in.
Hi, anyone done the Old Whanga Rd in the last few years? Or any further update from the Stratford District Council known? thanks
I did it a couple of years ago in dry weather and it was a great ride we looped round to the north with permission of the station owners. There is no cell coverage in Whangamomona so you need to ring ahead to get permission to ride through the station.