Cycle Trails – in the Taumarunui-Ruapehu District

There are numerous cycle trails in the Ruapehu Region within easy reach of of Omaka Lodge. Some of these are part of the official network of New Zealand Cycle Trails but there is also a huge number of other opportunities to cycle in various parks and other locations open to the public.

See below for information on some of the cycle trails accessible from Omaka Lodge but if you have a bike there are numerous opportunities available for you to enjoy.

🚲 The Timber Trail

The Timber Trail Cycleway (From Ongarue, through the Pureora Forest to Pureora) and covers 85 km of cycling pleasure through magnificent native forest, across deep gorges (all bridged), along historic bush tramways and through the Ongarue tunnel and spiral. The majority of the trail is in Pureora Forest Park. There is a halfway point at Piro Piro flats which gives an opportunity for both one-day and two-day cycle rides.
Cycling through the bush

🚲 Ruapehu to Whanganui (Mountains to Sea) Cycle Trail

Ruapehu to Whanganui (Mountains to Sea) Cycle Trail. From the flanks of Mount Ruapehu to the coastal shores of Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is a route encompassing majestic mountains, stunning native forest, and the spiritual, cultural and historical highlights of the Whanganui River.


🚲 Old Coach Road Cycle Trail

A bit further from Omaka Lodge is the Old Coach Road Cycle Trail. Originally used by horse-drawn coachs in the 1990s as a connecting route between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island trunk line. The Ohakune Old Coach Road Cycle Trail takes you though an area of rich pioneering history. The Ohakune Old Coach Road was used by horse drawn coaches in the early 1900s to transport passengers between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island trunk line. Once the railway was complete, the cobble route became discontinued and was lost to the forest for almost 100 years. Recently restored and now part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail, the route wanders the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu, passing historical sites including the camps of railway workers, the ruins of the Taonui viaduct and the Hapuawhenua Viaduct. The trail can be completed from either Horopito or Ohakune, a Grade 2 track suitable for most fitness levels. Horopito to Ohakune is a slightly easier route featuring downhill sections. There are plenty of local mountain bike rentals and transport providers available.


🚲 The 42 Traverse Cycle Trail (Mount Tongariro)

The 42 Traverse Cycle Trail (Mount Tongariro) Known as being the greatest mountain bike ride on the North Island, the 42 Traverse follows an old logging road and is filled with exhilarating downhills, some challenging uphills, and is known for having many rutted sections along the trail.


🚲 Wainone Trams Mountain Bike Trail

Wainone Trams Mountain Bike Trail. The 25 kilometre Waione Tram Mountain Bike Trail is made up of two distinct sections in the Maramataha Valley at the southern end of Pureora Forest Park. The first is an out and back trail with some steep sections that might have many riders pushing their bikes. The second section is a loop trail that links back to the main access artery.


🚲 Whangamomona Cycle Trail

Whangamomona Cycle Trail. The 80 kilometer Whangamomona Cycle Trail route runs from Taumarunui to Whangamomona a historic town that declared itself a republic in 1989 and sells its own passports. You can then cycle on to New Plymouth if you wish.

The information above was kindly written for Omaka Lodge by Martin Fuller of BuildBusiness Internet Marketing.

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