Croton Road access Upper Ruatiti

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  1. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    Howdy
    Anyone been through here lately ?
    Went up the Upper Ruatiti Road Saturday and took a left @the Bridge To Nowhere for a few ks..........not too busy bar a few quads
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    I see the Croton is a paper road heading through to Retaruke

    Would be a great loop instead of in and out

    Also Erua Road @ Horopito - I gather the 4wd drive clubs have struggled to access through

    Gazz
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  2. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

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    no,

    but did you happen to notice if that gate in the pic was locked?
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  3. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    Not locked - could be at certain times..................
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  4. Micawberism

    Micawberism Been here awhile

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    At the end of Crotons Rd you will find a sign that doesn't say "Welcome, come on in". pretty much the opposite in fact. :devildog
    I may know something about some bikes that allegedly tried to ride through the Mangapurua to see if they could get to Depot Rd. They couldn't. :muutt
    Apparently you can squeeze over the swing bridges on a WR250 (or so I've been told) but your not allowed. :super
    DOC have attempted to close Mangapurua Rd completely so it can become a dedicated cycle trail but as it is still legal access for one landowner they haven't been able to completely close it. :deal
    They do however "discourage" motorcycles. :ban
    Problem in areas like that is that the locals apply there own laws then DOC make the rest up as they go along. :dirtdog
    Ride it before its gone! :ricky
    I might have already done that :hmmmmm
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  5. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    We went up there a while ago. Some more adventurous fellows were keen to go further in. A woman came along & told those fellows off, said motorcycles aren't allowed up there. Then rode her quad & trailer up the track she told us was banned for motorcycle. It's that kind of attitude that breeds civil disobedience....:eek7. I, of course, stayed right out of it - bad back don't you know...
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  6. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

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    i have a little 2 stroke 300 in my shed just itching for something to do...
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  7. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    I went through for about 8 - 10 ks - Maungapurua old set of yards and a shack - north of the heavy native
    Easy going and would have been a blast on the 2smoker........
    Side by Sides had gone through and as I came out 2 more were heading up - all waved - one had pig dogs aboard
    I gather they are allowed up by permit ( 2 wheelers discouraged )
    I got speaking to a retired farmer at work who had not long sold his block at the top end of Ruatiti to Honey merchants
    He had wanted out for various reasons and offers were low $ wise
    That is until the manuka thing took off - hes a happy chappy now - the Honey boys outbid each other
    Probably why I ventured that way .....................nosey
    My back has played up since getting home - could be catching

    Gazz
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  8. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    That one does look interesting. On WAMS it looks like the actual track doesn't follow the paper road line in quite a few places so no surprise that the landowner has an 'F off' sign.

    I mountainbiked the nearby Kaiwhakauka a while back - it goes from Whakahoro to just before the Mangapurua summit on the bridge to nowhere track. Makes a great MTB loop if you continue down the Mangapurua then catch a jetboat back to Whakahoro. I remember thinking at the time that the Kaiwhakauka Track section could be an interesting ride on a light motorbike, it's a paper road all the way. There were a couple of gates that could be locked though, & a couple of narrow bridge approaches, so you'd want to do it with a couple of mates in case any man-handling of bikes was required.

    Looking at WAMS the paper road down the Mangapurua stops just after the Kaiwhakauka turnoff - if that's correct that would be how DOC are able to control access down there.

    Cheers
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  9. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    Yeah I’d say that be be a great ride on the mtb
    DoC have a reign on proceedings from access to and from by the looks
    I’ve jetboated from Retaruke to Pipiriki
    Love to canoe it
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  10. Micawberism

    Micawberism Been here awhile

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    On the way up Croton Rd every gate has a sign saying No Trespassing, no shooting no spotlighting. Funny thing about that was, there was no fences between the gates? I suspect the landowner is very aware of the law. Or at least the ones that suit them.

    At the turn off DOC had a gate last time I was there. It had a sign saying no vehicles were allowed past that gate as some critically endangered bird faced extinction if so much as a whiff of exhaust gas (especially two stroke exhaust gas) entered the atmosphere on the other side of the gate.
    Well I may have changed the wording slightly but it sort of read like that.
    A number of locals were opposed to the road closure as it gave access to there hunting possies. Perhaps some agreement was reached about 4 wheeler access. They also tried to ban horses.
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  11. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    This is the welcome sign at the end of the road.
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    That was the end of the road for me Dawn and Col that day. We'd already been "in trouble " with the Doc man.
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  12. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    Oh
    That’s Country
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    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    I reckon a little more Tom Petty
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    bigboynasty Adventurer Supporter

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    Who been up this rabbit hole lately?
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