Welcome to Suzuki Western Blast:
Due to the extremely wet winter everyone has been having, the event on 11th - 12th August has been relocated to Berm Buster - with 100km of awesome all-weather riding!
We hope to bring you Western Blast later in the year!
An outstanding 2 Day trail ride in an Epic location! You'd be mad to miss riding at this location...it's got to be one of the very best trail rides NZ has to offer, with loads of variety through bush, farm and forest!
Don’t miss this fantastic 2 day Epic mid-winter trail ride in a stunning, epic location!
For 2018 this trail ride gets even better - Now held as a 2 day trail ride weekend, with day 2 on completely different trails as day 1!
The trails includes a mix of traditional EPIC forest trail, a variety of bush and forest tracks, with loops of winding single tracks in between easier farm tracks and some wide open areas. The terrain is varied – from undulating to steeper and the location is awesome!
2 Wheels only - NO QUADS. NO TEAR OFFS. NO DOGS. PLEASE!
We’ve called it Suzuki Western Blast for good reasons:
Western because it is on the western shores of the lake near Tihoi - a stunning location on one of NZ’s largest deer farms with easy access and only 40 minutes from central Taupo. There’s a mix of fantastic, winding pumice trails amongst stands of young trees, hill climbs, drop offs, and an awesome variety of farm trails linking it all up...there's novice & kids loops, loads of optional expert trails and easy paddock parking!
Blast because this is exactly what you will have all weekend long.
Western Blast has more of an "old-school" trail ride feel to it as we have made the most of what this location has to naturally offer us, and because of this it has so much variety. The location is stunning, and it's still all on white pumice that provides predictable traction, makes great berms and can be ridden even in wet or frosty winter conditions!
Directions: The event is located near Tihoi, off SH 32 (Western Bays Rd), about 40 minutes from Taupo. Look for the Suzuki flags, Epic Events signs & arrows from Poihipi Rd and along S/H 32 towards Tihoi:
Saturday: Waihaha Rd - off S/H 32
Sunday: 8km further down S/H 32 from Waihaha Rd
Tracks Saturday: Over 40km of main trails, with a novice shortcut home and some wicked optional EXPERT sections of over 10km. Great kids track close to the base as well.
Tracks Sunday: Main loop approx 30km with 2 x optional expert only tracks. Novice shortcut to home trail plus 2 x kids tracks close to the base.
Suitable for all abilities 2 wheels only. NO QUADS.
Sign on from 8.00am. Tracks open 9:30am to 3pm.
Enter on the day by cash or cheque. No Eftpos. Adults $60, Kids 15 years or under $30, Families with up to 3 children 15 years or under $130. Mega weekend pass discounts if you ride for both days! Adults $100, kids $50, families $200
Fire extinguishers are compulsory for adult riders and can be bought on the day for $30.
Food: Awesome Coffee, Great Food and Cold drinks for sale.
Suspension Tuning: MotoSR for serious ground control suspension tuning, bike set up & tyre changing are on site all day.
Motorcycle Accessories: Check out the display trailer at MotoSR with some of the latest dirt riding gear available now for the winter season.
Photography: Vortex Photography will be out on track to take your pic! These fantastic professional photographs of you blasting the trails on your bike will be available for sale. Check out www.vortexphoto.co.nz
Bike Wash: Waterblasting on site all day long - $5 for 5 minutes - take your bike home clean!
NO DOGS! NO TEAR-OFFS! PLEASE!
Accommodation: Many choices in Taupo - but if you want accommodation slightly closer to the event try:
Whakamaru - (closest & north of the event): www.thatdamlodge - They can do accommodation & meal packages too!
Tokaanu (south): www.oasisholidaypark - Hot Pools!