Ruapehu is located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Visitors from around the world are drawn to Ruapehu and Our Greater Outdoors for its unspoiled National Parks, breath-taking mountains, including active volcanos and numerous outdoor activities. It’s no secret that Ruapehu is not only the ultimate travel and adventure-seeker's destination but also loved by those who just want to take time to see the beauty that lies on our doorstep. If you love or are learning to pedal then Ruapehu has got you covered. Two wheels is the perfect way to explore both on-road and off-road trails for all ages and abilities. Say yes to more memorable experiences and come write your own journey in Ruapehu, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
From lush native forests to active volcanos Ruapehu is home to incredible views, three impressive gentle giants, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe and two of New Zealand’s most scenic National Parks, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park. What better way to see it all than on a biking adventure.
Find the gateway to the much-loved Mountains to Sea Great Ride
, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail – Ngā Haerenga. This 217km ride is an epic backcountry adventure like no other. Roll out on your bike, in the sunshine alongside the magnificent Whanganui River before reaching Whanganui township and the beautiful west coast. This might just be the most beautiful place you ever ride your bike.
If you're not sure you're up for the whole journey but don’t want to miss out on this scenic and inspiring ride then tick off a smaller section like the Fishers Track
from National Park, the Ohakune Old Coach Road or seek out the Bridge to Nowhere and get a taste of some luxury Ruapehu peace and quiet with only the birds as your sound track.
Biking is an incredible way to see the unspoiled landscapes of Ruapehu. A uniquely memorable ride is the Timber Trail
. This ride is rich in historic, cultural and natural heritage and not to mention includes spectacular swing bridges you will ride over along the way. The Timber Trail is another Great Ride in New Zealand as you travel deep into remote parts of the Pureora Forest Park and see for yourself those one of a kind views.
The 42 Traverse
is another fantastic day ride in Ruapehu – taking riders deep into the native bush-clad valleys north of the volcanic peaks where birdlife and flora steals the show.
Unwind from your time on the trails and mountains with a thermal hot spring soak at Tokaanu and treat yourself at the many bike-friendly cafés and restaurants in the surrounding towns. Escape like nowhere else.
Visit any season of the year and you’ll be amazed with magical moments.