The region is a paradise for mountain bikers. Bring your own bike or hire a mountain bike or Ebike in Ohakune and explore the easier rides like the Old Coach Road Cycle Trail or the Fishers Track. Alternativley consider biking the Mountains to Seas cycle trail and stay with us the night before your adventure.
Why not consider participating in the Ruapehu Expess MTB event in February, the starting point for the Old Coach Road section of this event starts just across the road from Tongariro Suites.
The Timber Trail is an 85 km is a multi day adventure cycle trail that traverses some of New Zealand's most diverse and fascinating environments. Stay with us before and after your ride. Timber trail information
OLD COACH ROAD
Time: 2.5 -3hrs one way.
Start Point: The Historical Ohakune Train Station.(However due to the lineal nature and the gradient of this cycle/walkway, the easiest and most rewarding way to tackle this ride is one-way from Horopito just a few minutes from Tongariro Suites.
This fantastic multi-terrain cycle track forms part of The New Zealand Cycle Trail and provides a great family-friendly cycle that is steeped in history. The 15km track winds beneath the cool canopy on the lower slopes of Mount Ruapehu and offers a rare opportunity to get into the heart of one of the few remaining sections of virgin native forest in the North Island.
The trail was built in the early 1900s to ferry passengers by horse drawn coach between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island trunk line. The cobbled route became obsolete with the completion of the railway and was lost to the forest for almost 100 years.
Fishers Track is a downhill track with stunning views over the Tongariro National Park.
Average Time: 2-3 hours
Start: National Park Village- Just a short 15 minute drive from Tongariro Suites.
Finish: Monument Corner Oio Road- Shuttle transfers are included if you hire your bikes from Mykiwiadventures.
With wide open views of the mountains following a short climb through the Erua forest, you can enjoy the 520m descent through native bush into the Retaruke Valley and along gravel roads to the War Memorial Monument on the corner of Oio Road where your transport will collect you.
A great family friendly ride starting behind the historic railway station in National Park Village.
Distance: 85 km
Average Time: 1 or 2 days
Start:Shuttle service from Ongarue, drop off at Pureora or Piropiro
Come and relax before and or after your 80km cycling the Timbertrail. You deserve a bit of luxury! It takes approx 1 hour to/from drive to Ongarue where the shuttle service is based.
Once the realm of hardcore trampers and hunters, this deep wilderness can now be explored on an 85-kilometre trail that reveals not only its awe-inspiring beauty but also the story of how this special place has changed over the ages.
The Timber Trail follows the path of old logging roads and tramlines, linked with purpose-built singletrack and a series of thrilling suspension bridges. It runs between the tiny settlements of Pureora and Ongarue, with even smaller Piropiro around the halfway mark. Limited road access, remoteness and memorable accommodation in the middle make a two-day, one-way ride the most rewarding approach, starting in the north at Pureora.