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Ruapehu Bike Trails

For first time mountain bikers to serious enthusiasts

Bike Trails

Whether you are a first time mountain biker or a serious enthusiast, the Ruapehu region has a bike trail to suit.  In fact two of the Government’s National Cycle trails are right here. There are three easy bike trails which are highly recommended.

Ohakune Old Coach Rd

Length 3-4 hours, distance 15 kms, Grade 2 from Horopito to Ohakune

This historic trail was first used by horse-drawn coaches in the early 1900’s to transport passengers between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island trunk line. It was lost to the forest for almost a 100 years but has recently been restored and ambles along the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu through farmland and native forest. 

Highlights include:

  • Venturing through the pitch-black of the Hapuawhenua Tunnel
  • Learning history from the many information boards along the way
  • Crossing the original Hapuawhenua Viaduct

Fishers Track

Length 2-3 hours, 28 kms, Grade 2

This track requires minimum fitness levels because it is 95% downhill, involving a 529 metre descent.  Starting at National Park there is a short easy climb, winding through stunning native bush before descending down to farmland to Monument Corner (Oio Rd)

Timber Trail

Length 4-5 hours, distance 44 kms, Grade 2

The trail runs between Piropiro Flats and Ongarue.  It is largely centred around the Pureora Forest and shows remnants of these great forests.  A family-friendly cycling adventure on easy gradients and surfaces following historic bush tramways, old bulldozer roads and newly constructed tracks.  The trail features large suspension bridges ( the longest being 141 metres in length and 55 metres high) and the recently restored historic Ongarue Spiral.

Longer Trails 

The “42 Traverse” (Grade 3-4), a 42 kilometre long with an overall descent of 570 metres featuring challenging downhills and muscle-testing uphill paths.

The “Bridge to Nowhere” (Grade 4) following the Mangapurua Stream to the famous bridge. The surrounding land is steeped in rich Maori and early colonial history.

The “Forgotten World Highway" (Grade 3) 150kms winding over 4 mountain saddles on mostly sealed roads visiting museums, coal mines and Mt Damper falls.

The “Mountains to the Sea” (Grade 3-4) (4-6 days) 267 kms. Starts at the Turoa Ski Area Carpark and ends in Whanganui.

The Skotel Office can arrange any necessary bike hire, drop-off or pick-up.  We can also provide lock-up storage for you own bikes and a garage area for you to do any mechanical work on your bike. More details, more rides and a detailed map can be accessed by downloading Ruapehu Great Rides Brochure.

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