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Cycle Trails – Ruapehu District

Fernleaf Farmstay is located within easy reach of a number of cycle trails in the Central North Island which are part of the network of New Zealand Cycle Trails. The New Zealand Cycle Trail Project is planned to provide thousands of kilometers of trails, taking in the best of New Zealand’s dramatic landscapes.

There are number of “official” cycle trails in the Ruapehu Area but there is also a huge number of other opportunities to cycle in various parks and other locations open to the public.

You can click on the “boxes” below to see more information on some of the cycle trails.

The Timber Trail

Riding on to the Maramataha Bridge - Timber Trail

The Timber Trail (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.

A former sawmilling stronghold with a rich historic, cultural and natural heritage, the Pureora Forest Park is intersected by the famous The Timber Trail cycleway.

We look forward to having you stay with us and enjoy your ride.

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.

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Old Coach Road Cycle Trail

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
history.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Great Lake Cycle Trail (Taupo)

Great Lake Cycle Trail (Taupo) The Great Lake Cycle Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, from Waihaha to Whakaipo Bay.

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