This hillside, which felt the touch of the bulldozer’s blade not long ago, has become a real treat for Rotorua’s trail builders. Gunna Gotta, Corridor, K2 and plenty more have either been reborn or created anew on this slope, where the felling of the trees has left room for creative minds with shovels and dozers to have some fun.
Tokorangi is a treat; it was built in 2012 with permission from the local Iwi, Ngati Whakaue, and like it Gunna Gotta doesn’t loiter in the logged areas for too long, soon dropping into the native bush. It’s a fast ride, with pumps and jumps galore, but make sure you lift your head to take in the magic views across Rotorua before the trail heads into the trees and swoops down the steep side of the hill in a string of awesome 180-degree berms. We were lucky enough to score Tokorangi on a stunner of an afternoon, where the sun burst through the clouds just before sunset – it’s pretty hard to overstate how good it feels to soak in that kind of a scene before taking a rip down such a fantastic trail.
Sam Osborne and Paul Gray from local bike shop and hire business Planet Bike show us how Tokorangi is meant to be tamed.
Grade 3. Length 2.1km with Turkish Delight included.
A new trail built on the Tokorangi Pa ridge.
Local Iwi, Ngati Whakaue, granted permission for this build.
Built by RMTBC, Casey King and Mark Upshall (Spadewerx) and volunteers - Sept/Oct 2012.
Photo: top of the short climb on Corridor to the Tokorang trailhead down the hill...follow the arrow...
Get to this up Katore or Tokorangi Pa Roads.
Starts at the seat at the high point on Corridor, near Rick's Seat, and drifts down the northern slope overlooking Rotorua City and Lake Rotorua.
Fast and flowy, with berms and jumps - but all table-topped so rollable and safe (like new Corridor).
This pump and roll territory.
Drops from logged area into native bush and forest and then links with Turkish Delight for a swift run to Nursery/Katore Road intersection.
The track has been named "Tokorangi" by the Ngati Whakaue iwi who are in charge of the Tokorangi triangle of land on the ridge above the city.
Toko means "to prop up" while Rangi refers to the "sky".
The position of this track on the high point of the ridge makes this name very appropriate.