This trail forms part of the Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono Adventure route, which connects with the Kaiwhakauka Track at the village of Whakahoro, and then with the Mangapurua Track , near the Mangapurua Trig.
This grade 2 (easy) trail will suit riders of most ability including beginner mountain bikers. A good level of fitness and a love of climbs are required to complete the loop back to National Park village.
This trail mainly follows a wide and smooth gravel surface with around 5km of fun, scenic dirt track. It’s also 95% downhill making it an achievable adventure for beginner riders with only moderate fitness. Some sections, especially at the western end can become slippery on the wet.
A mountain bike is the best suited to the terrain. E-bikes are also permitted.
The trail is well signposted, although a map will help you time your ride and identify the mountains.
The trail can generally be ridden all year round. However, it is on the fringe of mountainous Tongariro National Park; the weather can change quickly and it can get cold at any time of the year and be blanketed in snow during winter. Riders should always check the forecast in advance, and take warm, wet-weather gear in all but the finest conditions.
There is no food and water on the trail, so riders should carry their own supplies. Stock up in National Park or Ohakune before setting off.
There is limited cellphone reception.
Shuttle transport is readily available but must be booked in advance.
Public toilets are available at the Park and Ride at National Park Village.