The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail uses a combination of local mountain biking trails, public roads and a jetboat to take riders from the mountains of the Central Volcanic Plateau to the sea in Whanganui.
Riders will traverse two national parks that are rich in natural and cultural heritage, enjoying stunning scenery along the way.
The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is a joint initiative involving the Ruapehu District Council, Whanganui Iwi, Wanganui District Council, Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
OLD COACH ROAD
The Ohakune Old Coach Road covers virgin native forest and can be ridden from the railway station in Ohakune to Horopito or vice versa. Follow the original trail used to transport passengers between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island truck line during the 1900’s. Highlights of this track include the historic Hapuawhenua Viaduct and the pitch black Hapuawhenua Tunnel.
Starting from National Park, Fishers Track requires minimal fitness levels which makes it a great option for beginner mountain bike enthusiasts. There is a short climb, winding through stunning native bush before descending down through farmland. Advanced riders can continue from the end of Fishers Track to Whakahoro and access the Bridge to Nowhere via the Kaiwhakauka Track.
The Mangapurua Trig is a great place to stop for a break, with spring water and toilets available. On a clear day the breathtaking views take in Tongariro National Park and Mt Taranaki.
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
This large concrete bridge was completed in 1936 and now stands in the bush in the middle of … well … nowhere.
The bridge was built across the deep Mangapurua Gorge to provide access for pioneering farmers. The intention was to build roads to it later, but the area proved to be too remote.
While no roads lead to the bridge, it’s a popular attraction that is accessible by mountain bike, tramping or a boat or kayak trip followed by a 45-minute walk on maintained bush trails.