A new opportunity to ride a back country track has been created through our close relationship with the Palmerston North City Council and DOC. Burton's Track lies between Gordon Kear Forest and Mangahao Rd. It passes through PNCC and DOC land and they have agreed to cyclists using the track.
Access is through Gordon Kear Forest, which currently closed on weekdays due to logging. The track is best ridden in dry conditions from North to South, when the downhill from Gordon Kear to the first stream crossing can be really enjoyed. Probably the best downhill section in the region and definitely not rideable from the south up. It could get ugly if the track is wet.
This track is part of the Te Araroa walkway and so all riders need to show respect to walkers, but usage is light and you would be lucky to see anyone else. The track is remote and once you go down the first downhill, you really are committed to keep going, so best to take a topomap and compass or a GPS as some of the track markings are a little vague. DOC have recently cleared the track so it may be easier to navigate.
Details on the track are available on the DOC website - http://goo.gl/5yTT7L. There is a brochure you can download on the DOC page which has directions and some history. The Te Araroa website has a satellite map of the route. http://www.teararoa.org.nz/manawatu/
This link has a really good GPS track of the route and a topomap overlay - http://bit.ly/1KpD4P5