Ohakune Old Coach Road
ElevationAscent: 610' 186 m
Descent: -1,167' -356 m
High: 2,501' 762 m
Low: 1,893' 577 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“A historic trail that was used by horse drawn coaches between Horopito and Ohakune until 1908.”— Peter Blakeman
Family Friendly The track is easy enough for anyone with reasonable fitness and basic riding skills.
Convenient transport leaves TCB Ski Board & Bike in Ohakune every day at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. You'll be transported to Horopito with your bike for $15. From Horopito you ride through the Ohakune Old Coach Road and back to Ohakune at your leisure.
TCB Ski Board & Bike sell and hire bikes, including full suspension bikes and incredible electric mountain bikes. They also have a bike workshop that's open 7 days a week. Even public holidays!
The track then flows through areas of native grasses, flax and ferns. Soon you'll need to walk your bike over the rail line. A short climb brings you to the Taonui Viaduct, a great photo spot. From there you drop down under the viaduct into magnificent native forest for a long steady climb to the highest part of the track as the Ohakune basin comes into view.
The pay off for that climb is about 3 kms of flowing downhill riding on a great surface in beautiful forest with awesome views. This section ends with a series of narrow winding corners with a steep drop off. Take caution here. You then come to a T junction. The track continues to the right, but make sure you turn left to visit the Hapuawhenua Viaduct, which is only about 100 metres from the T junction. The Hapuawhenua Viaduct has been refurbished and you can ride or walk across it. It is 45 metres high and 300 metres long. The valley it crosses was the last major obstacle to complete the railway between Auckland and Wellington. Selfies on the viaduct are a must.
The track then climbs over a small hill through more native forest delivering you to the entrance of the hand dug rail tunnel that goes through the hill you just traversed. The tunnel is no longer used and you can ride the full length of it. It is blocked off at the other end so you have to come back the way you came. There is just enough light to get through without a torch, unless you're afraid of the dark. From here it is soon a long grassy downhill along the side of the hill to the end of the track at Marshall's car park. To get to Ohakune just ride along Marshall's Rd and turn left at the end of it. This will take you to The Ohakune Pump Track. Across the road from the Pump Track is the Mangawhero River Walkway. If you got the transport from TCB, you can follow the Mangawhero River Walkway all the way to Ayr St.
There are numerous information boards along the track explaining the history of the track and the building of the railway.
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