Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park

Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park

Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We offer a total dirt bike riding experience for riders of all ages and skill levels. Set in 750 acres of rolling countryside and breathtaking scenery, 1hrs from Auckland and Hamilton. We are the only facility of this type in NZ: where you can ride tracks, hire a bike & get coaching. We have 18 bikes; something to suit all sizes and experience levels; from children's Peewee 50cc to 300cc for the experienced rider. Full protective gear is included in hire. No motorbike licence or experience necessary. Tuition available with experienced coaches. We will teach you to ride independently around our beautiful private Park. Whatever your thirst for fun on the tracks, we have it here: Learners', Novice/Intermediate, Advanced and Motocross tracks. The tracks were established in 1999 by owner, James Fowlie, so that his teenage children had somewhere to train. The Park has been popular with locals, domestic and international visitors ever since.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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3068 Highway 22 RD5, Glen Murray, Tuakau 2695 New Zealand
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  • Steve Neville
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great dirt bike riding.
    I rented a KLX300 for a day. Rode both the B then A track. Definitely for advanced riders. However still got stuck in wet clay caused by 300 cattle marching through it. Took the wrong route oops! However I was rescued. Bike was excellent and well prepared. Sorry it was so dirty when I returned it. Also thanks Mandy for the hospitality in the cafe. Great food and drinks.
    !! What a fabulously honest review !! Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed your day. It was great to meet you and we enjoyed hosting you. Don't worry about the muddy bike; we get those every day! Our crew of local teenagers just love their job during the muddy period of our season! Safe travels. Hope to welcome you again one day. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 9 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Sarah
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect family day out
    We went for a kids birthday party. Best birthday party idea. Being able to set up a spot for the day and come and go riding was awesome. Also loved that there is a track for all skill levels. I personally loved the B track and my husband enjoyed the challenge of the A track and our kids were happy on the learners, with our 7yr old trying out the B track too which was cool for him to be a bit more challenged.
    What a fabulous review! Thank you so much. We really appreciate the feedback. So pleased you all had a good day and that the birthday celebrations were a success. We are delighted you chose Thundercross for the special day! Looking forward to welcoming you again. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 18 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Vivian Gervais
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome venue and experience
    Hi James & Mandy Myself and the family just wanted to say thank you for a truly awesome experience we had this Sunday at Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park. Not only does the base camp feel cozy & welcoming, the whole surroundings offer endless opportunities for adventurers. From the arrival coffee to the departing ice cream, and being helped by James for a stalled bike in between, a great time all around. We will be back!! Vivian Gervais
    Thank you, Vivian, for such wonderful feedback. We are always grateful when visitors take the time to let us know how their experience was at the Park. It also helps to inform visitors who are considering an adventure at Thundercross. We look forward to welcoming you and the family back again soon. All the best in the meantime. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 5 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Tracie H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best day ever!
    Tye best day out I've had in a long time! I've always wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle, James took me from complete novice to super confident within a few hours! Im officially addicted. Massive terrain, heaps of fun for all the family, no matter what level you are. I can't recommend this day out enough!
    Thanks Tracie! What an awesome review. It was fabulous to meet you and the family. So pleased you had a good time. Looking forward to welcoming you back, so that you can get the next dirt bike fix! All the best, James & Mandy
    Written 9 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Paula H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent park
    We traveled from Northland to stay a few nights and get the most riding time out of the trip. James and Mandy are fantastic hosts. The farm is beautiful and (according to the riders in our group; a very beginner rider and an intermediate level rider) the tracks are brilliant. There is a toilet block available in the camping area. The only thing that would take this from 95% perfect to 100% perfect would be a shower block 😊 However if you have a camper and are self sufficient then no worries. We will definitely be returning.
    Thanks for your awesome review and kind feedback. We really enjoyed meeting you guys and thoroughly enjoyed watching your dirt biking journey. !! Newsflash !! Cabins and shower facilities are part of our 5 year plan, so watch this space .... Hope you had a safe and uneventful journey home. Thanks for travelling so far to visit us. Looking forward to welcoming you again. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 18 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Hayden M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out on dirt bikes!
    Thunder Valley is fantastic. My son and I had such a fun time on the bikes. The hospitality provided by Mandy and James was first class. The farm location makes it a great break from the city. The woolshed cafe provides a great place to start the day and to finish the day off with a coffee and browny. I highly recommend taking a day out to experience what this place has to offer.
    Thanks for your awesome review, Hayden. It is always a pleasure welcoming you and your family at the Park. We look forward to seeing you again next season at the Wool Shed and to the cafe being up and running again. Keep warm and dry in the meantime. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 26 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Ray H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent day out
    What an awesome place to be on a bike. Mandy and the family are just great hosts, very friendly and totally professional. All gear available for hire and the best tracks ever. We travel from Tauranga as there is nowhere that touches this place for spectacular scenery and such great tracks. We always start on the beginners track to warm ourselves and the bikes up (a good 1.5kms long), then go for the intermediate ‘B’ track which is 6kms. Tracks are really well managed and clearly signed. Hadn’t been much rain, so tracks were perfect. If you are a beginner, or not overly confident this is the best place to travel to. The intermediate track is fantastic and easily achievable once you are confident. Winding tracks over rolling hills equals perfect motorbiking!
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are super-grateful to you for the feedback. We really value riders' comments as they give an honest overview of what visitors can expect. We are humbled that you make the journey from Tauranga to us! We look forward to welcoming your family again soon. Kindest regards in the meantime, Mandy & James
    Written 3 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Janine
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 ol' Vets having fun!
    called by on Sunday with a 70yr old enduro/desert race warrior from Dallas,Texas,USA & myself at age 65 ... used to race MX on the Smith family farm next door in the 1980's. we had a hoot ... well organised, clear directions, friendly & welcoming. the sign on farm shed is clean & airy & Mandy clearly keeps it that way. we had a minor technical issue with Archies bike but Frans', like the local bike park ranger pitched in & we got Texas mobile again! thank you Frans. ... the MX track has seen better days , but that didn't detract from our day one bit. once some rain turns up and the dust settles we will go back. thank you from Matt # 63 & Archie # 604.
    Great to welcome two dirt biking stalwarts to Thundercross! Thank you for visiting. It was wonderful to meet you. We're glad you both had a good day and that our awesome Marshal, Frans, was able to help you out of your fix; that's what we're here for. Yes, the Motocross track has effectively been decommissioned as it is not our focus anymore and we no longer advertise it. (There should be signage on the Motocross gate to that effect). Watch this space in the next few days for a social media post, profiling Matt #63 and Archie #64! Hope to see you again at the Park very soon. Kindest regards in the meantime. Nga mihi. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
    Written 8 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 January 2024
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Resort52365603755
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
James and Mandy made the experience even better. Such kind people and James so patient and knowledgeable with my 8 year old son he didn’t want to leave even despite the rain! Will definitely be back!
Written 26 February 2024
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Matt K
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We and another family had hired dirtbikes for a day along with tuition. (mix of kids and adults) The facility, bikes, and instruction are top notch and can't recommend this place enough. We will be going back for sure! Keep up the good work!
Written 18 February 2024
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Vacation55726541542
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The ride was great tracks were in good condition a little wet but that helps keep dust down all tracks were good and staff were very good and helpful
Written 4 February 2024
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David B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This place is incredibly well reviewed and for good reason; great staff, trails and a well maintained facility.
If you have ever wanted to give dirt biking a go, then this is the place. The lessons were perfectly paced, and by the end I went from not knowing a clutch from a brake to attempting some fairly technical track (for a beginner!) . Don't hesitate, get it booked!
Written 20 January 2024
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Thank you so much for the kind feedback, David. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and introducing you to the delights of dirt biking! So pleased you had a good day at Thundercross. Looking forward to welcoming you back one day, perhaps. In the meantime, all the best on your whistle stop adventure tour of NZ! Safe travels. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
Written 22 January 2024
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Janine
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
called by on Sunday with a 70yr old enduro/desert race warrior from Dallas,Texas,USA & myself at age 65 ... used to race MX on the Smith family farm next door in the 1980's. we had a hoot ... well organised, clear directions, friendly & welcoming. the sign on farm shed is clean & airy & Mandy clearly keeps it that way. we had a minor technical issue with Archies bike but Frans', like the local bike park ranger pitched in & we got Texas mobile again! thank you Frans. ... the MX track has seen better days , but that didn't detract from our day one bit. once some rain turns up and the dust settles we will go back. thank you from Matt # 63 & Archie # 604.
Written 8 January 2024
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Great to welcome two dirt biking stalwarts to Thundercross! Thank you for visiting. It was wonderful to meet you. We're glad you both had a good day and that our awesome Marshal, Frans, was able to help you out of your fix; that's what we're here for. Yes, the Motocross track has effectively been decommissioned as it is not our focus anymore and we no longer advertise it. (There should be signage on the Motocross gate to that effect). Watch this space in the next few days for a social media post, profiling Matt #63 and Archie #64! Hope to see you again at the Park very soon. Kindest regards in the meantime. Nga mihi. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
Written 8 January 2024
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Thomas S
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Awsome experience…. Great place recommend the
lessons

I took my adventure bike down great trails
Written 3 January 2024
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Thanks for visiting, Thomas! And thanks for the awesome feedback. We really appreciate our visitors taking the time to leave a review and let us know how much they enjoyed their adventure at our Park. We are delighted you enjoyed your time here. Hope to welcome you again soon. Ma te wa, Mandy & James
Written 5 January 2024
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Jason R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
What an awesome experience. We took my nephew who is 6 to hire a bkie. He is a difficult lad to handle and james and mandy who run the place were the best with him. They have the patience of a saint and provided an amazing experience for him that was safe and most importantly fun. I dont know of any other place in NZ that provides what they do. Full tuition, bike hire, safety gear hire, ice blocks, and even some merch on departure. Highly recommend this place if you want to give your kids or yourself an unbeatable experience!!!
Written 28 December 2023
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Thank you, thank you! What a kind review. Greatly appreciated. It was awesome meeting your nephew; he's a happy bundle of loving energy! We enjoyed watching his progress; he did really well. We are proud that Thundercross is unique in NZ; the only dedicated dirt bike park with a variety of tracks for all levels, along with a fleet of dirt bikes for young children to experienced adults and structured tuition available! As you say, an experience unlike anything else! We are grateful to you for your support of the Park and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. All the best in the meantime. Nga mihi. Ma te wa, Mandy & James
Written 3 January 2024
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Ray H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
What an awesome place to be on a bike. Mandy and the family are just great hosts, very friendly and totally professional. All gear available for hire and the best tracks ever. We travel from Tauranga as there is nowhere that touches this place for spectacular scenery and such great tracks. We always start on the beginners track to warm ourselves and the bikes up (a good 1.5kms long), then go for the intermediate ‘B’ track which is 6kms. Tracks are really well managed and clearly signed. Hadn’t been much rain, so tracks were perfect. If you are a beginner, or not overly confident this is the best place to travel to. The intermediate track is fantastic and easily achievable once you are confident. Winding tracks over rolling hills equals perfect motorbiking!
Written 13 November 2023
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Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are super-grateful to you for the feedback. We really value riders' comments as they give an honest overview of what visitors can expect. We are humbled that you make the journey from Tauranga to us! We look forward to welcoming your family again soon. Kindest regards in the meantime, Mandy & James
Written 3 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aaron
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Took my partner there as she had never riden before. James was a perfect coach. Not only did she learn to ride by thr end of the day she was hooked and competent.
Great people, beautiful place, awesome hospitality and a thrill a minute.
Go there, go there soon.
Written 12 October 2023
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What can we say, apart from 'thank you' for that awesome review! We are delighted you both had fun at Thundercross and that we have a new convert into the delights of dirt biking. We really appreciate your fabulous feedback and hope to see you again one day. Ma te wa, James & Mandy
Written 8 November 2023
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Kelly wilkings
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
James and Mandy were amazing, i was lucky enough to have a double lesson with James, i am hooked and will be back. The wool shed cafe was a glorious hang out spot for a break.
Written 12 October 2023
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What fabulous feedback! Thank you, thank you. We love introducing visitors to the delights of dirt biking and are thrilled you had fun. Apologies for not warning you that it is addictive! Hope to see you again soon. All the best, James and Mandy
Written 8 November 2023
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