For the most part we have an AS350 helicopter but from time to time we also use an Hughes 500.
The Trail is 23km long from top to bottom.
800m, with 430m of climbing total.
Just under 10 minutes.
All the bikes are either underslung in a purpose build bike cage, the cage is specially designed so no bikes are touching and are safe and secure. Or on our purpose built skid racks. Depending on weights.
Please note we cannot take fat boys tyres on our rack. The maximum width tyre we can take is 2.5 inches or 6.5cm
We have a shelter at the top of the ride where you can relax, enjoy the views and wait for the rest of your group, there are also information boards about the history and geology of the area to keep you entertained while you wait.
The Kaimanawa Descent takes between 3 – 4 hours depending on how fast you ride and how often you want to stop and soak up the views.
The trail is a grade 3 ride. The track is a digger build 3 foot bench trail, there are short sections which are a little steeper, all secured with safety railing. The short sections that may be a little tricky are sign posted, if you feel uncomfortable riding you can happily push your bike along these parts (They only make up about 5% of the ride).
We will contact you 2 – 3 days prior to your ride if the weather is not looking suitable. If you cannot ride on your chosen day due to the weather we will postpone the ride to another suitable day. If the ride cannot be postponed we will refund the entire amount.
Not unless your party fills the helicopter. You are paying for a seat in the helicopter, if there are other clients riding the Kaimanawa Descent that day they may join you.
Stationed every 2.5km along the track are trail distance markers. Each marker has a box on the back with a PLB and other first aid and bike repair equipment. If the accident is major you must use the PLB, for minor incidents other party members can ride back to base and we can then fly up to assist. Any extra flights will be at the cost of the rider.
There are many locations where you will be able to ride off the trail and rejoin it. However this is done at your own risk. Any accidents or incidents that occur of trail will be at the expense of the rider.
Yes there is cell phone service in patches along the ride. Each party will be given a safety card, displaying the locations where you can get service. The card will also tell you what to do in an emergency.
The scenic flights depart and return from our Waipakahi Road Base.
Not unless your party fills the helicopter. You are paying for a seat in the helicopter, if there are other clients flying on that day, doing the same adventure they may join you.
Yes you are free to use your own cameras whilst on the flight.
No there is no accommodation at our base. We have a glamping tent under construction however this is in a remote location.
The closest accommodation is in either Turangi a 20 minute drive from us or in Ohakune a 45 minute drive for base. For the best accommodation options in Turangi please follow the below link
We aim to have the Glamping tent open early next year.
There are 2 bedrooms with king beds, the tent can sleep 4 people max
Yes no children under 14 are permitted to stay.
Yes there is power for lights and a fridge, there are also 12V charging ports for devices.
No our tent is in a remote wilderness location with out cell service, a great chance for you to unwind and take a break from the outside world.
Yes the tent is equipped with hot and cold running water, shower and composting toilet.
Yes the water is source from the pristine Waipakahi Stream and is safe for human consumption.
No not at this stage, we intend to build more trails in the coming future. However, the Kaimanawa Descent is the only trail we offer currently.
Yes the are a multiple of trails in the region in both the Turangi, National Park and Taupo Regions
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