Mountain to Sea Cycle Trail Opening


We're excited to announce the official opening of another Great Ride of the New Zealand Cycle Trail Project - the Mountain to Sea Trail. 

After months of planning and development, it's finally time to open what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest rides of Nga Haerenga. Starting at the base of Mt Ruapehu and finishing at the sea in Whanganui, the aptly named Mountain to Sea Trail will take in the best of the North Island and include a huge variety of riding and a 30 minute jet boat ride. From the snowy peaks of Mt Ruapehu, to abandoned settlements rich in heritage, to the peace and tranquillity of the Whanganui River, this multi-day adventure sums up the stunningly diverse scenery that cyclists can take in around New Zealand.

A three day cycle journey travelling the entire length of the Mountains to Sea Nga Ara Tuhono will take place on the Thursday, 26 April through to Saturday, 28 April. The ride will allow the NZByBike Cycle Trail Partners, iwi and the local communities to showcase their fantastic sections of the trail. A blessing and opening event will be held in Ohakune with another event to be held in Whanganui at the end.

Schedule of Events

Day One - Old Coach Rd/Fishers Track/Ruatiti

0900 hrs - Official start @ Ohakune Junction

1130 hrs - Group splits, Group 1 leaves for Ruatiti Domain, Group 2 buses to National Park Village

1200 hrs - Group 2 leave National Park for Whakahoro

1500 hrs - Group 1 arrive Ruatiti for overnight stay

1600 hrs - Group 2 arrive Whakahoro for overnight stay

Day Two - Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka Track

0700 hrs - Group 2 leaves Whakahoro

0800 hrs - Group 1 leaves Ruatiti Domain

1100 hrs - All meet at Mangapurua / Kaiwhakauka Track junction to unveil Pou

1200 hrs - Depart Mangapurua / Kaiwhakauka Track junction for Whanganui river

1530 hrs - Depart Mangapurua Landing for Pipiriki

1700 hrs - Arrive Pipiriki for overnight stay

Day Two - Pipiriki to North Mole

0700 hrs - Leave Pipiriki for Whanganui

1500 hrs - Completion ceremony, North Mole - Castlecliff

For more information, bike hire and cycle friendly accommodation, check out the Official NZByBike Partners in the Ruapehu and Whanganui area 

Raetihi Holiday Park
Stay with us at the Raetihi Holiday Park. We are ideally located for a trip to the Whanganui National Park, a bike ride on the Old Coach Road trail, or a hike in the Tongaririo National Park.
The Flying Fox
If you only have time to visit just one place on the Whanganui River, New Zealand, this is that place.
Anndion Lodge
Kia ora, let us welcome you to the Anndion Lodge in Wanganui.
daKune Lodge
Arrive as Strangers - Leave as Friends!
After a hectic day exploring the wonders of the Tongariro National Park or the Wanganui river, enjoy a BBQ on the deck or relax in front of the open log fire. Soothe your aches and pains in the Spa or Sauna and forget the rest of the world as you...
Raetihi International Airport
The Raetihi International Airport* is a cosy nice place to park up if you are cycle touring NZ. We are a days ride from Wanganui (Whanganui), and if you are travelling North to South we are the perfect stopping place before tackling the Historic Whanganui River Road, or the Parapara...
Rocky Mountain Chalets
Stay in Rocky Mountain Chalets at the foot hills of the beautiful Mount Ruapehu
Looking for Ohakune Accommodation before mountain biking the Mountains to Sea Trail? Try Ohakunes newest most luxurious and affordable chalet accommodation.
Ranfurly Cottage
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Lahar Lodge
Lahar Lodge provides the finest in log cabin accommodation with the Mountain to Sea Cycleway trail right at the doorstep.
Phone Number: 06 3854136
The Peaks Motor Inn
Ohakune's premier motor inn, The Peaks is close to many great bike trails including The Old Coach Road, 42nd Traverse and many local forest trails. You can also bike the mountain road to Turoa ski field.
Phone Number: 06 385 9144
Woodturners Villa
Bike Friendly Luxury Accommodation
Come and enjoy this unique Ohakune property on the banks of the Mangateitei Stream that hosts unlimited views of Mt Ruapehu.
Phone Number: 06 385 8048
Ruapehu Country Lodge
Situated less than five minutes drive from Ohakune Township and 15 minutes from Tongariro National Park, on the edge of the Waimarino Golf Course, is the purpose built and stylishly decorated, 4+ Star (Qualmark rated), Ruapehu Country Lodge.
Phone Number: 06 385 9594 or 021 484 147
Station Lodge
Station Lodge and the Mountain Bike Station, located at the beginning of the Old Coach Road.
Phone Number: (06) 3858 797
Powderhorn Chateau
Hotel accommodation
Stay in Ohakune, at the Powderhorn, and enjoy the ambience of a traditional European ski chalet with the comfort of a boutique hotel. Located at the bottom of the mountain road close to the Old Coach Road we provide an ideal base for cyclists and walkers.
Phone Number: 06 385 8888
Tamara Lodge
Our elegant lodge enjoys an outstanding location on the banks of the majestic Whanganui River
Relax and unwind in the comfortable surroundings of our friendly Lodge. The Tamara Backpackers Lodge takes pride in  offering a superior standard within the backpacker category of accommodation. This means we can offer a viable budget alternative to those guests who may not normally consider backpacker accommodation for their needs.
Phone Number: +64-6-347 6300
Uncle Bill's Cottage
Welcome Home.
Uncle Bill’s Cottage is a gorgeous country house on a sheep and beef farm – set in perfect privacy overlooking a beautiful trout-filled river; it’s a world away from the city and neighbours. You could be sitting here on the deck after a hard day’s ride, relaxing with a cold...
Phone Number: 06 385 4236
The Hobbit Motorlodge
Pure Alpine Magic
The Hobbit Motorlodge is the perfect Ohakune accommodation base from which to explore the fantastic Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. The Hobbit Motorlodge offers year round quality self contained and serviced accommodation for all budgets, including a 36 bed backpackers lodge.
Phone Number: +64 6 385 8248
Snowy Waters Lodge
Good old fashioned, classic kiwi lodge
Ride the Bridge to Nowhere from the doorstep of Snowy Waters Lodge. Bike hire available, transport arranged, secure bike storage, wash down area, spa pools, BBQ and a fabulous outdoor entertainment area. Comfy beds, a good feed and and a peaceful nights sleep are a must before your Ruapehu mountain...
Phone Number: +64 21 287 6699
Penguins B&B
The Penguins B&B Offers comfortable and relaxed accommodation in central Ohakune on the golden mile
We are a bed and Breakfast Located in Ohakune. We have 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. All our guests are have there own private wing of the house. We provide a cooked breakfast or continental breakfast . Our website is
Phone Number: 06 3859411
LKNZ Lodge
LKNZ lodge is located in the township of Ohakune, with restaurants and bars, supermarket, and shops all within a 2 minute walk. Situated right on the doorstep of the Tongariro National Park LKNZ provides quality accommodation to suit all budgets, from kitchenette en-suite rooms, flash packer rooms to budget dorm...
Phone Number: 06 385 9196
Bridge to Nowhere Lodge & Tours
Bridge to Nowhere can provide you with a complete Whanganui National Park experience.
Bike Hire
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TCB Ski and Board
TCB Ski and Board have a great selection of suspension and standard mountain bikes for hire.
Phone Number: + 64 6 3858 433
Ohakune Bike and Hike Tours
Ohakune Bike and Hike is an ‘all inclusive’ local company with local knowledge that offers bikers and hikers a FREE itinerary and booking service (just like a travel agency). We will organise your trip from; bike hire and accommodation through to your transport needs, and because we are locals we...
Phone Number: 06 385 9598 or 021 2522369
Mountain Bike Station
The Mountain Bike Station offers high quality bike rentals and guided tours for free and independent travellers as well as Schools and Corporate groups. Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to advise on the best places to ride in the area.
Phone Number: (06) 3858 797
Cycle Sport
Phone Number: 063488029

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