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State Forest 70 – The Rangitaiki Conservation Area

State Forest 70 or SF70 for short lies on the South side of SH5 – The Napier-Taupo Road, and has 1 entry point about 2.5km East of the Rangitaiki Tavern. Once off SH5 the track crosses private land administered by the East Taupo Lands Trust before arriving at the DOC Rangitaiki Conservation Area.

Once into the State Forest 70- The Rangitaiki Conservation Area there is a huge area with something for everyone, from open flat sections through to tight technical areas, through a variety of terrain.

Tracks in SF70 are maintained by local 4wd clubs but the area has been subject to abuse by non club 4wd’s and trail bikes blazing through bush areas and generally wreaking havoc to areas of critically endangered plant species, along with locals dumping stolen vehicles. Always stick the defined formed tracks as continued abuse with result in all vehicles being banned.


Contributed by: @Eddieb

Track type: Dirt Track
Track composition: Bumpy, Loose, Streep
Slippery when wet?: Yes
Suitable for bikes > 650cc Beginner
Suitable for bikes < 650cc Experienced
River crossings? No