BDO Huka Steamer
The approx. 60 km BDO Huka Steamer is our most popular MTB category and is designed as an alternative to the BDO Huka Challenge if you don’t want to take on a full 85km course but still want a hard ride.
The Huka Steamer ride gives you the chance to experience some of the region’s iconic landmarks. The course takes you past the AJ Hackett Bungy, the Huka Falls, Aratiatia Dam, and alongside the hot, steamy silica thermal stream at Wairakei. This event uses all the fast and free flowing trails of the forest and includes certain tracks of the Craters Mountain Bike Park, including the Steam Fields track (hence the name Steamer). All these tracks are purpose built for MTBers - you'll love them.
The good news is that you’ll be riding on predominantly pumice based trails, which means there will be minimal mud no matter what the weather conditions.
Because Taupo’s mountain bike park “Craters” is part of a working forest, the trails in our event change every year. The Steamer makes use of trails such as Tank Stand, Kinder Grinder, Mr and Mrs, Mistress and all the fast and flowing trails of the Craters MTB Park.
The final leg of the BDO Huka Steamer will provide you with outstanding views of Lake Taupo and the mountains beyond before you descend to the finish via ‘Acid Drop’, across the mighty Waikato River and the iconic MTB bridge, which is erected especially for the event.
The last push for home will see you riding past the Taupo Marina, (which is also where the Waikato River begins its journey from Lake Taupo), before crossing the finish line back in the heart of Taupo town where you can celebrate with the thousands of other MTB’ers and roadies back in the Event Village.
|Start Line||Start from the Tongariro North Domain on the grass to the left of the starter’s platform
|Finish Line||Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre|
|Registration||Friday from 10am till 10pm and Saturday from 6am till 8am in the Registration marquee next to the Great Lake Centre.|
Management reserves the right to remove riders from the MTB course if it’s apparent they will not complete the event by 7pm or it is deemed the safety of themselves or others could be compromised.
Road access is available to:
- Spa Park
- Kefi Cafe
- Craters MTB park
We will have a water stop and hydration point at the Kefi Café, and you will also be able to slip in and get some food and a Short Black if you need one to keep you going. This will be approximately 53 km into the ride. We will have marshals on the tracks to help pick up the broken bits but in true MTB style you have to look after yourself.
Water/hydration stops are available at:
- Wairakei Hotel – 22km
- Connection – 30km and 36km
- Kefi Cafe - 53km
Unfortunately due to Health and Safety reasons Electrically Assisted bikes are not allowed to enter the Huka Challenge or Huka Steamer events.
We have made the decision that the minimum age for a child with an accompanying adult (1:1) is 12 years old. This decision has been made not only for the safety of your child but also our other participants and in keeping with the NZ Road Code. To ride the event alone the child must be 15 or over.