This is Epic Events last trail ride for the 2018 season, and to celebrate they are giving you a brand new ride in a stunning location just 10 minutes past Kinlock in Taupo! The venue has been used previously for the popular 4-Hour race event – and they have now graded all the existing 30km track, modifying it and adding another 10km of main track, making the main look 40km long!

Added to this, they’ve put in a 4km novice-only loop, as well as adding a 1/3 and a 2/3 shortcut trails back to base. There are two dedicated expert-only loops – one is over 4km long, and branches off into bronze, silver, and a gnarly gold-rated track for those of you wanting a serious workout. There’s also a fabulous kids grass track back at the base, as well as a kids-only forest loop.

The venue is stunning! From new gum forest to pines and existing native forest trails and old farm tracks… a huge variety, it’ll be a superb day’s riding! Access is easy from the road on an old airstrip with a huge amount of parking for everyone. Trail Tamer is available for one day of the weekend only – get out and make the most of the fantastic new trails!

TRAIL TAMER – General Information 2018

Featuring: Flowing forestry trails, native, pine and gums, and old farm tracks on pumice terrain. Awesome variety and great traction! All weather rideable. Trails also include single track and Expert-Only sections.

Directions: The event venue is located on Puketapu Road, about 10 minutes past the Kinloch turnoff. Look for EPIC EVENTS signs and arrows.

Tracks: Long 40km, with 2 Expert trails 5km long, and a novice track off the main loop. Kids grass and forest trails. Two shortcuts home from the main trail too.

Suitable for all abilities – 2-wheels ONLY as there is some single track on the main loop. NO quads.

Registration: From 8:30am. Tracks open 9:30am to 3pm.

Fire Extinguishers are COMPULSORY for all adult riders and can be bought on the day for $30.

Food: Food Caravan sells hamburgers, bacon and egg rolls, hot dogs, hot chips, cold drinks, and espresso coffee, tea, and more.

Entry: Enter on the day. NO Eftpos. Pay by cash or cheque. Adults $60. Kids 15 years or younger $30. Families (Family members only no exceptions Mum, Dad, and up to three kids) $130.

Safety Gear: Helmets, long trousers, long sleeved tops, and leather boots that cover the ankle are COMPULSORY. (Gloves, goggles, knee pads, kidney belt, and body armour are strongly recommended). Kids on kids tracks near the base may wear gumboots.


Accommodation: There is no camping on site. Epic Events recommends staying at and soaking in the thermal hot pools of Taupo de Bretts or Wairakei Resort. Try book a bach in Kinloch as the ride is only 10 minutes from here!