NZCT recently awarded Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club $2,000 to hire professional trail builders to construct three new mountain bike trails in the Maraetai block of the Whitford forest.
The Whitford forest is currently being logged. As new areas open up, the Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club wants to build mountain bike trails in these areas before replanting and growth of new trees. Since the terrain in the forest is difficult, the club will contract a professional trail building company to build the planned 2- 3 kilometre intermediate mountain bike track.
The Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club was formed in January 2010 by a group of local mountain bikers. They were keen to develop some decent mountain bike tracks in East Auckland and gain legal access to ride in the Whitford forest, which is on private land. Since then, more tracks have been built. The forest consists of two main blocks, the Maraetai block and the Whitford block. The latter is currently closed.
Callum Wilson, Club President of the Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club, is very pleased with NZCT’s grant: “Our experience is that people won’t ride their mountain bikes if there are no good trails available. Especially around East Auckland the current offer of quality mountain bike tracks is limited. Thanks to NZCT we can use this unique opportunity in the Maraetai block of the Whitford forest and contract a professional trail building company to change that. They will start as soon as possible and hopefully the trail is ready to be ridden by the people of Auckland by summer.”