Grade: Intermediate (3) - Advanced (4)
Duration: 4-6 days
Total Length: 317km
The Mountains to Sea cycle trail uses a combination of local mountain biking trails, public roads and a jetboat to take riders from the mountains of the Central Volcanic Plateau to the sea in Whanganui.
The full trail will start on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, cross the 294-metre Hapuawhenua viaduct, pass through Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks and then the cross the Bridge to Nowhere. Riders will then take a jet boat ride down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki and cycle to Wanganui along the Whanganui River Road.
The Mountains to Sea Trails will cross two national parks with outstanding scenery and an area rich in natural and cultural heritage. The full ride will be a 4-6 day ride covering 317km.
The trails are made up of the Ohakune Old Coach Road, Fishers Track at National Park Village, Kaiwhakauka Track, Mangapurua Track and finally the Bridge to Nowhere and Mangapurua Landing.
Best time to ride
The cycle trail starts in the Mt Ruapehu alpine zone and passes through rich forests on its journey to the Whanganui coast. Most of the year, the trails are easily accessible for day rides however if you are considering riding the full trail or doing multiple day trail rides, then summer is the best season for this.
Two key locations to start the trails are at National Park Village on State Highway 4 and at Ohakune Junction off State Highway 49. However, there are many access points along the trail route. All trail sections have return access by road or river transport.
The Ruapehu District Council, Whanganui Iwi, Wanganui District Council, Waitomo District Council, Department of Conservation, The New Zealand Cycle Trail project. The trail partnerships are under the umbrella of the Central North Island Cycle Trail Partnership.
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