From the flanks of Mt Ruapehu to the coastal shores of Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is a route encompassing the alpine majesty of Mt Ruapehu, historic coach road and bridle trails, the tranquil indigenous forests of Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, a jet boat transport option for the Whanganui River link to Pipiriki, and a country road trail alongside the Whanganui River from Pipiriki to the Tasman Sea.
Experienced mountain bikers will take three days and two nights to ride the 1600m vertical decent over 200 km of cycle trail linked with a 31 km river section (jet boat or canoe). We recommend 5 days for intermediate riders.
Snowy Waters Lodge & Tours – A convenient base
Riders can begin and end the ride at Snowy Waters. Secure car parking, catering, luggage transfers, transport and the jet boat journey can all be organised by Sandy and the team. Your itinerary will look as follows:
Transport will deliver you to the top of Mt Ruapehu for the 17km Mountain Road downhill
Ride the 15km Old Coach Road to Horopito (optional visit to Smash Palace, historic car museum)
Follow Middle Road, then Ruatiti Road for an epic downhill alongside the Manganui o-te-ao river
Stay overnight at one of Ruatiti’s farmstays or Old West Town
Ride the 36km Mangapurua Track to the Bridge to Nowhere
Take a jet boat or canoe journey down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki
Stay overnight at one of the boutique Bed & Breakfast’s on the Whanganui River Road
Begin your final ride to the Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach in Whanganui
Return to your vehicle in Raetihi with Dempsey Buses
It is possible to complete any of the above section as one day activities. Trail maps and information brochures are available on request. Trail sign boards are located along the trails at key locations and regular trail confirmation marker posts ensure you are on the right track.
Snowy Waters Lodge & Tours can provide mountain bike hire through our partner TCB. We have secure bike storage, a wash down area, laundry and drying room facilities and heated outdoor spa pools. Contact us for a free quote.