This grade 3 (intermediate) trail will suit riders of most abilities and fitness, including family groups. In summer, an afternoon onshore breeze means an earlier start means better chance of a tailwind riding back to the city. There is a small on road section through the relatively quiet SH4 (hence Grade 3) and some busier town intersections. Most of the trail is off road on paved cycle paths - perfect for all the family.
It follows smooth cycle paths, boardwalk and urban roads. Riders need to be aware of traffic on the roads, and take extra care along the state highway section before crossing the new underpass and bridge at Upokongaro.
Mountain bikes, hybrids and touring bikes are all suitable. E-bikes will make short work of this easy section of the Mountains to Sea.
The trail is well signposted, and provided you don’t diverge too much from the river you can’t really go wrong. Brochures and leaflets available at the Whanganui i-SITE or downloadable from the VisitWhanganui.nz website will, however, help you get the most out of your ride and time in the city.
The trail can be ridden all year round, and you’re never too far from shelter or welcoming hospitality and accommodation. Check the weather forecast, and if the weather’s looking iffy spend your time exploring the city instead.
- There are a bike-friendly hotel and cafe in Ūpokongaro, and more shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in Whanganui than you can shake a bike pump at.
- There is cellphone reception along the whole trail.
- Shuttle transport is available from Whanganui.
- There are several public toilets in Whanganui, including at the i-SITE visitor centre.
This is the final leg of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail, which connects with the Whanganui River Road at the village of Ūpokongaro.
There is also some great off-road riding to be had around the city. Check out Whanganui MTB Parks for some more riding options.