Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park
Thundercross is conveniently located 90kms (1.25hrs) from central Auckland and 67kms (1 hour) from Hamilton.
Set in 750 acres of easy rolling to steep countryside in the Franklin District, the Park boasts breath-taking scenery that has featured in television commercials and movies.
The Park offers a total riding experience for all riders, from a family day out for trail riding and cross country through to motocross and enduro. We have riders from all over the world visit the Park, with renowned NZ champions using the tracks as their training grounds.
We cater for all levels of ability, from beginners to experienced riders with Learners, B Track (novice/intermediate), A Track (advanced/experts only) and Motocross tracks available.
Our tracks are ash over clay and are graded once a year, with additional maintenance as required.
Situated in a separate 35 acre paddock, with its own dedicated parking area, this 1.5km loop track is only for Learners and their supporters. On rolling country, the Learner Track has two small hills and mostly gentle corners. It’s surface is soft rock and clay, making it rideable in any weather. Suitable for all learners, from children on Peewee 50s and their first quad to adult learners getting to grips with dirt biking. The Learners' Track is a great place for families to bring a picnic, camp chairs and a gazebo and make themselves at home for the day
This 8km track begins and finishes at the general car park. The B Track winds around rolling hills and farm tracks, over culverts and steep hills (with gentler options around the side available).
The last quarter is shared with the A Track.
Please do not over-estimate your riding skills; if you are not an advanced rider, this track is not for you.
This advanced 12km loop track begins and finishes at the general car park. Located in the steep bluffs and hill-country of Thundercross, the A Track will find you riding down ridges and up valleys, before you wind your way in and around a 100 acre bush block, blast across paddocks and back into bush again. It is steep up, steep down and there are rocks, logs and trees.
Direction: anti-clockwise. Minimum rescue fee = box of beer.
The Motocross Track is popular with our experienced riders. Tuition is strongly recommended for those who would like to learn Motocross - press the 'Booking' tab at the top of this page and select 'Tuition' with James' son, Nik
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We also offer bike wash facilities ($5 fee donated to Air Ambulance), gear hire, advice on bikes and their suitability for the rider needing the bike. We can also advise on what gear is suitable and the best brands to buy. Camping and home stay accommodation can be arranged.
If you're after an outing for the Stag Do, Hen Party, social club, group outing, reunion or corporate event, as a gift voucher or tourist experience then Thundercross is the place.
With our 30 years of experience in motorcycle racing and trail riding, we are equipped to help you in any way you need.
Parking: We have a main car park and a learners' car park. Only those learning or supporting a learner may park in the learners' paddock.
Toilets: There is a toilet block in the main car park.
Refreshments: We are currently in the process of converting our 100 year old Wool Shed to a cafe, which will be open for the September 2020 season. In the meantime, remember to bring plenty of water, energy snacks and lunch with you.
Picnics: We have picnic tables available for your use in the car park areas or your are welcome to bring your own comfy chairs, gazebo and set up camp for the day in one of our car park areas.
Gazebo & Barbeque: Our gazebo & barbeque are available to rent for a donation to the Westpac Helicopter
Spare Parts: we have a small selection of spares available at market prices, should you need to do a repair whilst you are here. (Inner tubes, clutch levers, etc).
Air Compressor: our air compressor is available for you to use (small donation to Westpac Helicopter)
Water Blaster: our water blaster is available for you to use after riding. $5 donation to Westpac Helicopter
Camping: Riders who are riding both days at the Park are welcome to camp at Thundercross
- It is essential to book in advance by telephoning Mandy on 0277331199. No booking = no camping
- Riders must register and pay for each day’s riding before riding
- There are no camping facilities, other than the toilet block
- Please take your rubbish home with you
- No open fires
- No riding before 9am or after 6pm
- No charge for camping