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, Fishers Track. 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.
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.