Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono | Full Adventure

Tramping on wheels, your journey starts on the volcanic slopes of Mt Ruapehu. An epic full adventure ride through two national parks, rolling hill country and remote river gorges. It reaches a fitting finale at the deep, blue Tasman Sea.

This route requires a shuttle to bridge the gap between Horopito and National Park Village (which we are working on new trails to connect.).  This route also takes in more remote and technical sections of trail - with all the wonderful rewards that offers.

Combine eight of the Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono (connected pathways), to form a 296km route, including the unrideable stretch of the Whanganui River. This gap is bridged by a 32km scenic jet boat ride between the Mangapurua Track and Pīpīriki, the northern end of the Whanganui River Road. (The distance including the jet boat trip is 231km.)

The full adventure route from Ohakune to the Tasman Sea – taking in both Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks – is typically ridden in 4–6 days.  Best suited to experienced riders and with a few more logistics to plan for - the rewards are immeasurable.

SectionDistance
Ohakune Mountain Road17kmsClassic downhill road ride from Turoa to Ohakune
Ohakune Old Coach Road15kmsOriginal coach route from Ohakune to Horopito
Road Transfer22kmsTransfer to National Park Village via SH4
Fishers Track27kmsA mix of gravel road and single track
Oio Road Connector45kmsStunning rural gravel ride to Whakahoro
Kaiwhakauka27kmsA technical single track through stunning valley
Mangapurua25kmsConnect to the famous Bridge to Nowhere trail
River Journey32kmsDiscover Te Awa Tupua in all her majesty by jetboat or canoe
Whanganui River Road67kmsDiscover the valley and its unique history
Upokongaro - Tasman Sea19kmsExperience the artisan spirit of Whanganui with its cafes and craft 
TOTAL296 kms(Includes road transfer and jetboat)

 

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