These projects will be active over the 2018/2019 summer:
Chewbacca. Grade 4 technical singletrack, largely hand built, running downhill from the shuttle drop-off to the river adjacent to Karearea. Think roots, rock and natural features aka a technical trail. Update: now complete!
Alternative to lower Kissing Rock. A short section of track to connect the mid-point of Kissing Rock with the river. Featuring a rock garden if you're lucky.
Trail maintenance and improvement programme: There's no getting around the fact that Arapuke see its fair share of rainfall and countering the resulting mud and erosion is one of our biggest challenges. This programme is aimed at making the Arapuke trails ridable pretty much year-round (please avoid riding immediately after heavy rain though!). We are also working to make the park as cohesive as possible. This means connections, extensions and revamps are always on the go.
Please remember that Dig Days are held most months and are advertised on our Facebook page. We would love to see you along to help us build and maintain the amazing trail network that we have.
The Arapuke Trails Committee has planned out tracks across the whole of the Arapuke Recreation area. These plans will ensure that the full potential of Arapuke can be realised in a cohesive and balanced way. Upcoming projects include:
New trails 2019: Do you love riding new tracks? Then you'll be stoked about the plans we have for extending the trails all over the park, which include plenty of hand-built old-school tracks to take you both up and down. The image to the right links to the latest version of the Arapuke Trail Development Plan (click for a larger version). These plans will be implemented over the next couple of years.
In the build planned for 2019, our focus will change from digger-built trails to hand-built grade 3 and 4 trails. Hand-built trails give a different riding experience. Trails become true single track using natural features for technical riding and are a real buzz for all riders, from grade 3 upwards. We are excited with the contractors who are working on these builds: Empire of Dirt, well known for building trails at Christchurch Adventure Park and trail building for Crankworx. There are many kilometres of trails in our plan at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars. We are currently applying for grants and have implemented a local fundraising plan.
On the horizon
The cross-country trail Siberian Express will have a 1.5 km extension added.
A Grade 3 single track “Single Track Express” will run down from the summit and link to Yeah Nah and our network of new tracks.
A ~2.5 km grade 5 downhill highly technical single track from the summit to the river.
A range of improvements will be made to the exisitng trail network.
Skills Area: Close to Arapuke Road and Scott's Road car park. This will incorporate many features found on a mountain bike trail such as berms, chutes, drops, jumps and rock gardens. To be made in such a way that it can be used for coaching purposes.
Rhythm and Vines: A fun flowing Grade 3 downhill trail, 3.5 km long, with similar design characteristics to Eagle v Shark, Rotorua. This trails was completed in 2016.
Pupu Rahi: A Grade 3 uphill trail starting part way up Back track, providing an easier, less steep gradient access to the lower trail hub in Arapuke than Back track. This track opened in Spring 2016.
Jack the Ripper: Overhaul of our Grade 6 double black diamond downhill trail. A combination of machine and hand built trail with big jumps, drops, chutes, other natural terrain features.
Humpty Jumpty: A Grade 4 trail that was extended, reshaped and realigned in 2016/7.
Swamp Monster: This trail completes a Grade 2 loop suitable for kids and beginners that starts at the Scott's Road car park and incorporates Jack Frost.
About time: This Grade 3 flow trail has been extended up to the highest point of the park, armoured with gravel and a lot of love.
Jack and the Beanstalk: To allow singletrack uphill access to the top of the park, Jack and the Beanstalk was extended down the hill to meet the top of Pupu Rahi at the culvert.
Karearea. A new type of trail for the park taking you all the way from the summit down to the picnic table over around 3 km! Think roots, rock and natural features.
Thanks for your support in getting these trails built Thank you to all the generous sponsors and volunteers who have enabled MMBC and Arapuke Trails to make such great progress with the trails. We never could have achieved it without your help.