Hike a world-famous trail, cycle through history, canoe down a legendary river or simply soak up natural grandeur – activities and adventures lie in wait.
Often touted as one of New Zealand’s best half-day rides for a wide range of abilities, the Ohakune Old Coach Road follows a wonderful historic byway around Mount Ruapehu’s lower slopes. Mossy forest, railway relics and towering viaducts are just some of the many memorable sights that line the trail.
Natural splendour and fascinating stories combine on the Whanganui Journey through deep gorges lined with majestic forest, cascading waterfalls, and historic sites. Dip in on a jet boat tour or paddle up to five days along a remote stretch of New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway.
Venture deep into Pureora Forest Park on this rewarding Great Ride. Highlights include ancient forest, native birds, graceful suspension bridges and intriguing timber industry relics, while midway lodges and camping offer a chance to re-energise and savour the tranquillity.
Shadowing the Forgotten World Highway that winds through hilly, green countryside, this decommissioned railway line trucks through tunnels, over bridges and past townships that time forgot. Board a rail cart to self-drive the full 142-kilometre journey or shorter options.
A monument to pioneer spirit and broken dreams stranded deep in Whanganui National Park, this iconic concrete bridge is a cornerstone of a memorable journey. Book a day tour on a jet boat trip, choose to kayak down the Whanganui River, or even ride to the bridge as part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.
Step back into the timeless elegance of the 1930s with high tea at the grand Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Nibble petite cakes and savouries while admiring breath-taking views of Tongariro National Park, then venture outside to explore it on a short walk.
Starting high on the side of Mt Ruapehu, this New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Ride wends more than 200 kilometres across ever-changing countryside and alongside the mystical Whanganui River before reaching the Tasman Sea.