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Thompsons track runs from near Te Aroha in the Waikato over the Kaimai Ranges to Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, however only the West side from Te Aroha to the summit is really rideable by adventure bikes as the East side passes through huge peat bogs and the track contains holes that would swallow a large 4×4.
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Matamata Piako District Council has announced that Thompsons Track will be closed at least over Winter 2014 due to weather damage.
Thompsons Track closure
Last Updated: Monday, 19 May 2014 09:34
Thompsons Track south of Te Aroha sustained major damage in the recent heavy rain along the Kaimai ranges. There are a number of slips and washouts on the Te Aroha side.
“Some of the slips have buried 30 plus metre sections of the track under a mountain of wet mud, rocks and trees” said Matamata-Piako District Council Engineering Officer, Mike van Bysterveldt.
At this stage we have no option but to temporarily close the track to all vehicles until the coming summerwhen the slips can be removed and the washouts repaired. Council staff will be liaising with the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association to see what assistance they can provide for the track cleanup.
The estimated cost of the cleanup is expected to be around $20,000. Our current budget for maintenance of the track is $6,500 per year.
“We ask clubs and individuals to not attempt to access the track or try to clear or traverse the slips without council consent, as this will make the repair work a lot harder,” says Mr van Bysterveldt.
Council will be discussing the future options for the track at its next meeting in June.
i think your compass is backwards
@Facebook – dean.saunders.7393 said:
i think your compass is backwards
1972, a dt250cc, a RT2 360cc, and a CT1 175cc. rode from Putaruru, over the track and back over the Kaimais.
I went for a ride to take a look yesterday (25 Jan 2015), gate is still closed & locked.
There was a sign saying closed due to slips, no mention of when (or if) it was expected to re-open.
If anyone finds out anything relevant please post.
The remaining work on Thompsons Track is scheduled to begin in the next week or two, and should take around two weeks. We expect the track to be open again by the end of the month.
I’ve also updated our website to reflect this – thanks for drawing it to our attention.
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There has been a boulder placed on Thompsons Track when you almost get to the top, and the road is still officially closed due to slips from recent weather.
Due to track damage caused by recent rain and slips which has been compounded by 4wd use I’ve upgraded the track difficulty for Thompsons Track to Experienced riders only for bikes up to 650cc and Not Recommended for bikes over 650cc.
Can anyone who’s done this track tell me if it connects to roads on the Tauranga side? I’d like to go up and over, rather than up and back.
It does go right over to just out of Katikati, but once over the top it gets even knarlier, bogs and holes that easily swallow a large 4wd. I would recommend not attempting it alone and not on a big bike, I know of DRZ400’s ridden by experienced enduro riders that struggled to get through.
If you do attempt it take a camera and a gps.
ok – thanks
I’ll wait till it dries out too!
I went a few years ago on an XR600R from the Tauranga side to see how far I could get.
Not far it would seem. Went over a rise into a big hole and lost the whole bike under the mud. I was still sitting on it but only my chest up was sticking out of the muck….
Took a few hours to haul the bike out by myself with a strop and another hour to get it going again…
Damn 4×4’s have destroyed the track, used to be awesome…
Can’t remember the time of year I went but it was not winter, the track itself wasn’t that damp but the hole I ended up in was big enough to stay wet year round I would say.
Don’t know what the rest of it is like, went home after that character building exercise never to return…
That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun…
Will wait till the very end of summer, and take a rope or two.