Mountain Biking Transport

Bridge to Nowhere/Mangapurua Track

  • Distance: 38km + 45-minute Jet Boat Ride
  • Approximate Riding Time: 4 – 6 hours one-way
  • Fitness Level: Medium
  • Grade: 3
  • Departure: By Booking Only (Minimum numbers apply)

Start your adventure by meeting our team at the Raetihi Holiday Park, where we will shuttle you to the beginning of the iconic Bridge to Nowhere/Mangapurua Track, a key section of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.

Ride through the historic "Valley of Abandoned Dreams," a poignant reminder of the World War I servicemen and their families who once attempted to settle this area.

This approx 40km off-road trail is the region’s premier cycling experience, taking you through one of the North Island’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes. Begin in the Ruatiti Valley and ascend the first 5km, followed by a 7.5km ride along the ridge line to the Mangapurua trig. Here, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Whanganui National Park and the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. The trail then descends to the renowned Bridge to Nowhere, passing Battleship Bluff, before reaching Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River, where a 45-minute jet boat ride will take you to Pipiriki.

Mountains to the Sea Trail

  • Start: Turoa Ski Field, MT RUAPEHU
  • Finish: Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui
  • Distance: 226 km (includes jet boat ride)
  • Duration: 3 – 5 days
    • Group - 2-6 or 7 and more
  • Riding distances per day: 30 – 70km
  • Riding Season: Mid November – April

Embark on a 3-5 day cycling journey that traverses five distinct trails, all part of the prestigious National ‘Mountains-to-Sea’ Cycle Trail. Starting on the majestic volcanic slopes of Mt. Ruapehu, this adventure takes you through diverse landscapes including mountains, forests, and rivers, ultimately leading you to the serene shores of Whanganui.

This trail showcases the finest the region has to offer, promising some of the most unforgettable biking experiences you will ever encounter.

Old Coach Road Trail

  • Duration: 4 hours

Embark on a self-paced, unguided bike trail along the historic Ohakune Old Coach Road, taking 2.5 to 4 hours to complete. This trail, nestled in the native bush corridor on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, offers an exhilarating journey back in time.

As you ride, you’ll pass by the concrete piers of the original railway bridge over the Haeremaere Stream, marvel at the steel lattice Taonui Railway Viaduct, and take in expansive views of the Waimarino Plains and the majestic Mt Ruapehu. You’ll also encounter magnificent Rimu trees and the impressive Hapuawhenua Viaduct.

This fantastic day ride is perfect for people of all ages and abilities, offering a unique blend of adventure and history.

Fishers Track pickup

Fishers Track offers an exhilarating downhill ride with breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park. After a brief climb through the Erua forest, you’ll be rewarded with wide-open vistas of the mountains. Enjoy a thrilling 520-meter descent through native bush into the Retaruke Valley, continuing along gravel roads to the War Memorial Monument at the corner of Oio Road, where your transport will be waiting.

This family-friendly ride begins behind the historic railway station in National Park Village and is a must-try section of the Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono trail network.

Ohakune Mountain Road to Turoa Trail

  • Distance: 17 km
  • Fitness Level: Medium
  • Grade: 2

Experience a thrilling descent of 1000 meters over just 17 kilometers on the Ohakune Mountain Road. This fantastic downhill stretch offers stunning views of the Ruapehu district and the Whanganui National Park. Starting at the Turoa car park, 1620 meters above sea level, the road winds through barren volcanic fields, past historical lahar sites, and finally into the lush forests of the lower slopes.