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The Great Rides and Cycle Trails of New Zealand

Ohakune Mountain Rd

Regional Ride

Ruapehu, North Island

New Zealand's highest mountain road makes for an epic descent on your mountain bike.

Those who are especially keen can pedal up before the rush down.

Option 1

Smile sweetly at someone you know to drive you to the top of the Road and drop you off (or arrange with one of the NZByBike partners in the area). Be ready for a very fast descent. It can be very cold at the top and is not recommended when there is snow on the road. Long fingered gloves are a good idea.

Enjoy the ride, fast to begin with and then more scenic at the bottom part of the ride

Option 2

Ride up to the top. This is New Zealand’s highest sealed road and is 17km long. It is very steep and non forgiving. You get bragging rights if you ride to the top. 

Once you have enjoyed the view at the top your reward is a very pleasant ride back down again.

Be warned that it might be a good idea to take lights or reflectors if it is looking a bit cloudy on the mountain as visibility can be a bit of a problem at times. Also there is no point doing this ride if high winds are expected, so check out the weather forecast before you do the ride. A sunny day is the best and then you get to see a lot from the top.


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