Bike Taupō in 2016 received funding from the good buggers at Trailfund via the Department of Conservation's Community Conservation Partnership Fund to upgrade Te Iringa Track and Waihāhā Track, both oldies but goodies.
The Ground Effect Slush Fund has bankrolled the purchase of a heavy duty brushcutter - pictures below of the brushcutter being put to work.
The Ground Effect Slush Fund has supported a number of Bike Taupō projects from as far back as 2003, including: cash to help with the lease of land for the cycle track from Spa Park to Huka Falls in 2003 and 2004; the purchase of a brushcutter for the 'Ground Effect Grinder' track in 2005; cash for maintenance on the Waikato River Track and funding of digger hire for maintenance on the Te Totara Gully Track at Huka Falls in 2006; cash for digger hire and purchase of materials for 'Bungy' track in 2007; a contribution for materials to build a new info shelter at Craters Mtb Park carpark in 2009; and funding two chainsaws put to good use on the Great Lakes Trails in 2011.
In 2013 a storm wrecked havoc upon the Craters Mountain Bike Park and resulted in most of the Wairakei Forest in the park being felled. Bike Taupō has been worked hard to get the park back up to speed, and seized the opportunity to redesign the area and look at new opportunities. The ‘Budda’ downhill track was reinstated with the help of PD workers. It's now a grade 4/5 trail - lots of cool corners, berms and wooden structures, so suitable for those wanting a hard out down hill, but with 'chicken shoot' options for the jumps. Ground Effect came to the party with $1000 cash to pay for supervision of the PD workers.