Trail Updates
  • Alternative M2S Adventure
  • 27km
  • 2–3 hours
  • Grade 2 (easy)
  • epic views of the volcanoes 
  • thrilling downhill through farmland
  • entry-level backcountry ride 
  • shuttle transport back to the start

Fishers Track

This alternative start to the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is an easy downhill blast through bucolic landscapes with unforgettable views of the volcanoes.

Climb through stunning native forest for epic views of Tongariro National Park before barreling downhill through lush farmland and along gravel roads into the Retaruke Valley.

Starting in National Park Village, it’s easily accessible, and with a pick-up at the end makes a fantastic option for beginner riders craving a backcountry experience.

While you're in National Park village, you might like to also consider riding the family-friendly Marton Sash & Door Tramway, and the intermediate-to-advanced Unenuku Pines MTB Park.

Riding the Trail

The Fishers Track is easily completed as an awesome half-day ride by arranging for a local shuttle to pick you up at the war memorial on the corner of Oio Road. Otherwise, it’s 23km by road and some grunty climbing to get back to National Park village.

The Fishers and challenging Kaiwhakauka Track can also be combined for an alternate start to the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail. The Kaiwhakauka is reached by heading west along Oio Road for 23km to the Blue Duck Station at Whakahoro.

The Fishers Track starts on the western side of National Park Village and winds up through the beautiful Erua Forest passing some fine stands of mature tawa, rimu, miro and totara.

This gentle climb along a wide gravel road rewards with epic views of the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park behind you and the rural splendour of the Retaruke Valley ahead. On a fine day, the near-perfect cone of Mt Taranaki can be glimpsed way out west.

From here’s it’s a thrilling 520m downhill through lush farmland into the Retaruke Valley. At the end of the farm track it’s approximately 10km along a scenic gravel road to the war memorial at the junction of Oio Road. It’s a pleasant spot to wait for your shuttle pick-up or to rest and refuel if you’re carrying onwards.

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Need to Know
  • This trail forms part of the alternative start to the Mountains to Sea to see, which connects with the Kaiwhakauka Track at the village of Whakahoro, and then with the Mangapurua Track (section 5 of the Mountains to Sea), 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 on Carroll Street in National Park village.

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