New Ruapehu Trails Planned

The Missing Links in our Trails

Not content to work on the interesting trails in the region, the next step is to complete the vision for a truly connected network of pathways.  Funding has been secured for new trails (shown as dotted lines on the map).

Our vision is to have all our trails off road or on quiet gravel roads, all at Grade 3 or better.  It will take some time, but the team are working hard with the local community to make it happen.

  • Te Ara Mangawhero (Tūroa to Ohakune)
  • Mangawhero Link from Horopito to Te Ara Mangawhero (Ohakune end)
  • The Missing Link (connecting Horopito and National Park VIllage)

Making It Happen

Project Timeframes

Details Coming Soon

Section Updates

Te Ara Mangawhero

Off road Grade 2 - 3 trail approximately 19km long from Tūroa to Ohakune taking cyclists through the spectacular flanks of Mt Ruapehu.  The proposed new trails utilise sections of the Old Blyth Track, winds through Rimu Hill and makes the most of the old Bennett and Punch tramline.

Te Ara Mangawherro Section One | Mountains to Sea
Te Ara Mangawhero - Section One

Proposed route subject to approval.

Image credit | Cheal

Consultation with local communities and iwi on route and planning underway.

Consents and approvals for the first section of 8.7kms (as shown) are being worked on currently.

Mangawhero Link Track

  •  Approximately 11km of trail connecting riders and walkers from part way down the Te Ara Mangawhero across to Horopito.
  • This section is also known as the Horopito link.  Work is underway undertaking cultural and ecological assessments.

Work on securing additional funding for this section is underway.

Missing Link (Working title)

Connecting Horopito (and the end of the Ohakune Old Coach Road) to National Park Village via Pōkākā and Makatote valleys – and will utilise existing old State highway paths and the popular Marton Sash and Door tramline trails.  Approx. 11km of new trail from Horopito to the Last Spike.

Additional sections to be funded/developed

  • Pōkākā Section (in conjunction with Uenuku Pōkākā ecosancturay)
  • Makatote (section yet to be funded)
  • Marton Sash and Door/Erua Tramway (mostly existing community track)

Ruapehu Worx are working on clearing and uncovering the old SH4 (Horopito) that will form much of this route.  (including this tunnel).  The team have also been working on upgrades to Marton Sash and Door.


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