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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map Otewa Road-Owawenga Road

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  • #10206
    Aaron Robertson
    Participant
    • Bike: R1150 GSA
    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    See the full page writeup and download GPS tracks for Owawenga Road at: https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/gps-tracks-rides/north-island-tracks/owawenga-road/

    i found a neat road to ride out to today called Owawenga Road.it starts out at Otorohanga as Otewa road,after about 20 km it turns to gravel at the intersection of waimahora road and Tauraroa Valley Road.about 2 km up Waimahora road Owawenga Road goes off to the right and runs for 24 km before getting to a welded shut gate that says Rangitoto Station.the road starts out good at the Waimahora end and has a good fast surface for the next 10 km then turns to a 2 wheel track gravel track that will take a little more skill to ride on.there are some good size pot holes along the way but nothing unavoidable if you are aware of the possibility.i came across 3 gates that needed to be opened and closed again and a few places that got quite narrow and muddy but i think the mud will dry up again with a bit more fine weather.there seemed to be a lot of side tracks that might be worth exploring on a lighter bike than the 1150GS although i did come across a track up to a DOC hut that i went up. the track is not a beginner track as it was deeply rutted and had a creek crossing at the end where the hut is that was a bit tricky to get back across after visiting the hut. i hut a rut wrong on the way out and dropped the bike in the mud and good tyres are a must for that track.the road is used by the public as i came across a Ute and a quad heading out from the hut.

    #10239
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    This looks awesome, I think this will be our next Waikato ride.

    #10240
    Aaron Robertson
    Participant
    • Bike: R1150 GSA
    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    could you let me know if you do go that way as i would like to go out that way again and try a few of the side tracks and i would be happy to try them with someone else along.

    #10869
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    @whacko1701, want to try this again today? I’m planning on leaving Hamilton at 10, be in Otothanga about 11.

    Anyone else want to join in?

    #10881
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    So I headed out here today to GPS track Owawenga Road and wow, @whacko1701 has found a minter here. A full page with GPS track download will be up soon but here’s a few pics from my ride today.

    Off the the smooth stuff

    This was down a side track, I stopped here as it was getting lumpy, wet, and narrow and I was on my own

    Looking back up to where I stopped

    I didn’t even try to go down this side track, there’s still more to explore

    #22574
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I did Owawenga Road yesterday and it’s in good condition.


    @hadge-haine
    @mark-claasen etc this would be a good small bike explore ride, there are at least 3 or 4 tracks that disappear off into the bush used by quads.

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