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.