The route is popular for a range of outdoor recreation activities: mountain biking, quad and trail biking, four wheel driving (summer only), horse riding, fishing, hunting and hiking. 4WD vehicles are not permitted in the winter - in 2016, from 15 March to 30 November. 4WD vehicles are not permitted off the 42 Traverse route.
The 42 Traverse follows an old logging road for much of its duration through what was previously known as State Forest 42. It travels through some of the most remote land in New Zealand.
Although the track is primarily a vehicle trail with an overall descent of 520 meters, it is usually rather rutted making it enjoyable for even experienced riders that prefer something different. However, it is not technical and would be achievable by most intermediate riders with good fitness.
The ride usually takes between four and six hours. The track can get very muddy and can cause havoc with your gears. There are also a few river crossings along the route.
The 42 Traverse covers an extremely remote sub-alpine part of New Zealand where the weather can change fast. There are very few alternative ways out once you reach the Tongariro Forest, so plan your ride carefully. There is no mobile phone coverage for most of the track.
The start of the 42 Traverse is at the junction of Kapoors Road and State Hwy 47, which is 18 km north of National Park Village. It’s well marked along the way with dark green posts near most intersections. The trail ends with a steep climb to the small town of Owhango, on State Hwy 4.
The views of the volcanic plateau are phenomenal including Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies), Mt Ruapehu, and Mt Tongariro.
Shared By: Peter Blakeman