Turoa Downhill to TCB
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -3,408' -1,039 m
High: 5,318' 1,621 m
Low: 1,911' 582 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A stunning 1000 meter descent down the magnificent Mt. Ruapehu starting 1.6 kms above sea level.”— Peter Blakeman
The top half of this road is fairly steep and is all downhill, so make sure your brakes are in very good condition. Mountain bikes with v-brakes are NOT recommended.
As you start your descent down Mt Ruapehu, the stunning views continue for several kilometers until you enter into the forest. Just below the hairpin turn there is a spot that was used in "The Lord Of The Rings" where Gollum chases a trout up the river. There is a small car park and also a very short walk to a waterfall.
Further down the mountain is an excellent walking track to the Waitonga Falls. It is a beautiful 1.5 hr return walk to the tallest waterfall in the Tongariro National Park. This track is walking only, so take a bike lock with you.
The mountain road starts to flatten out after this and winds through magnificent native forest until you reach Ohakune.
Unless you are keen enough to ride up the mountain first, you'll either need someone to drop you off at the top, or catch local transport from Ohakune. Dempsey Buses have regular shuttles that run from TCB every day at 11am and 1pm for $15.
TCB are the only bike shop in the district, and they can advise you on all local track conditions. They also sell, hire, and fix bikes, 7 days a week.
After several failed petitions to the Government, the residents took matters into their own hands and, in 1952, the Mountain Road Association was formed. Initial work began immediately but with limited resources and funds. The majority of the work was being undertaken by local volunteers and it was extremely slow going. After almost 10 years of construction work, additional funding was finally secured from the government but it still took five more years to complete.
Eventually, in 1976, the road was declared legal and in 1978, Turoa Skifields Ltd began its commercial operations on the mountain.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: Department of Conservation