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Te Kaiwhakatere - TrailRider

Our disabled whānau and friends can also enjoy the views from the Mauao summit and other locations - all from the comfort of an all-terrain wheelchair.

The TrailRider is a single-wheeled mobility transport supporter. The single wheel supports the rider’s weight while the handles at the front and the back allow two, three or four helpers to guide the rider up and down tracks.

To help navigate the steep terrain of Mauao, the TrailRider must be operated with a minimum of four guides at all times.

On less steep terrain or tracks fewer helpers may be needed.

The TrailRider:

  • folds in half making it easier to transport
  • is ergonomically designed with fully adjustable seating
  • has disc brakes
  • has a cargo compartment to hold equipment and gear.

Te Kaiwhakatere – TrailRider Fun Day – 3 December 2022

Using the TrailRider

We’re giving people the opportunity to travel to the summit of Mauao or Hopukiore - Mount Drury on our all-terrain wheelchair, Te Kaiwhakatere - TrailRider.

The TrailRider Fun Day is being held in association with Parafed Bay of Plenty on Saturday, 3 December 2022 to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities.

People will be taking the trip on the day with friends and whānau, or with the help of volunteers from our community, including the Bay of Plenty Rugby Athlete Development squad.

There will also be some fun activities for all the family on the day. Come along to Hopukiore – Mount Drury Reserve from 10am to 5pm and check out how Te Kaiwhakatere – TrailRider works, along with some live music, adaptive yoga and CrossFit, and ocean activities and beach games for people with disabilities on Mount Maunganui Main Beach.

Review of TrailRider

Amanda Lowry and her whanau

“I hadn't been up Mauao for nine years. Being able to go up again with my whānau was a gift. Before my accident my partner and I would walk up at least twice a week carrying our daughter. What I loved about the TrailRider was that I was surrounded by my people- my kaiarahi. We laughed and chatted all the way as the kids walked up beside me. Even though I wasn't walking myself, it felt like it used to. The beautiful views that I thought I might never see again; immersed in nature. Being at the top, holding my partner and my kids was so emotional.

“The TrailRider is incredible – the passenger is surrounded by their people – you are all taking this journey together. You have the opportunity to stop and park wherever you want and admire the vista – giving the kaiarahi a chance to catch their breath. Whānau can decide if they want to go around or up Mauao – and for special occasions it can be taken off-site to explore other parts of our fabulous region.”

Amanda Lowry

Booking the TrailRider

The TrailRider is free to book and use.

Summer season bookings (1 December – 30 March)

The TrailRider can only be used in Tauranga during the busy summer season. There are two time slots per day:

  • 9am – 1pm
  • 2pm – 6pm

You can book online or in person at Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park reception desk, 1 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui. We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Off season bookings (1 April - 30 November)

The TrailRider can be booked for longer than four hours in off peak season and taken for trips around the Bay of Plenty and the wider region (for example school camps).

You can book online or in person at Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park reception desk, 1 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui. We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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It is important before heading off you watch and pay close attention to the instructional video, and read and sign the TrailRider user waiver. The waiver can be completed when collecting the trail rider from the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park.

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