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Waipuna Connector Ride

Ride the famous gutbuster descent from Raetihi  to Pipiriki (or ascend the reverse).  Stunning views back across the plateau, and as you descend from the top of Waipuna Hill be enveloped in the verdant forest and you navigate this twisty but picturesque ride down towards the awa.

Waipuna Trail name was given by Uenuku (mana whenua) to recognise the journey as the land and water spreads before you.


  • views of Tongariro's volcanoes

  • quiet country roads

  • views of the regenerating forests

  • winding roads descending alongside tributaries to the Whanganui awa

The road has always been a great connection for cyclists

M2SNZ Route Notes:

This road is a fantastic alternative when the Mangapurua is closed or if you're unsure of your fitness of technical ability.

Image credit : Jonathan Kennett


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