This short and super-easy loop is a great add-on ride to Te Pepe Bike Park or Mangawhero River Trail.It’s around 7km to ride from the junction end of Ohakune (the start of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail and the location of Te Pepe Bike Park) to Lakes Reserve.
To get there, follow the Mangawhero River Trail to Clyde Street, then head east to turn off on Raetihi–Ohakune Road. Lakes Reserve is clearly signposted.
The pretty Lakes Reserve Loop is 1.8m long.
For a longer and slightly harder ride to Lakes Reserve (14km), ride east from the Junction to nearby Rangataua village and follow Ratamarie Road – a ‘paper road’ through farmland and market gardens, with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu.
Intermediate to advanced riders might like to consider the 12km, Grade 3 Rangataua loop following an old metal road through the forest. This can be started on Rangataua Road or Middle Track, and heads north to meet the North Track loop. An optional extra is the short walk around the twin crater lakes at Rotokura Reserve.
- 30 mins–1 day
- Grade 2–3 (easy–intermediate)
- Easy riding for the whole family
- Pretty scenery