BDO Huka Steamer
The BDO Huka Steamer is approx 60km mountain bike ride which takes you through the picturesque trails along the Waikato River and past the Steam Fields of Wairakei Park. The BDO Huka Steamer mountain bike ride 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 Steamer takes in all the best scenic tracks of the BDO Huka Challenge, and also 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.
Total Climb for the BDO Huka Steamer is 1654m.
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. For more information please see out FAQs Age Restrictions.
|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.