1. Ohakune Mountain Road
Freewheel down Mt Ruapehu on one of New Zealand’s most spectacular roads. This exhilarating 1000m descent is a fantastic way to kick start your Mountains to Sea Adventure. Take in the weird and wonderful landscape of world Heritage listed Tongariro National Park.
2. Ohakune Old Coach Road
Revealed along the way are many surprising and memorable sights – from abandoned railway tunnels and grand viaducts to old bush camps and remnants of the original cobblestone road.
3. Raetihi to Pipiriki
This is an easy 27 km ride mostly downhill on a sealed road, picturesque and peaceful, hear the birds whistling as you approach Pipiriki situated on the Whanganui River.
4. Whanganui River Road
Following the Whanganui River as it flows towards the sea, this peaceful road blends sublime scenery with a series of delightful heritage sites, both Māori and European. Starting at Pīpīriki – gateway to Whanganui National Park – this long but leisurely ride undulates through small settlements perched high above the mighty river.
A beautiful marae, notable church and convent, charming old flour mill, and other special sights tell their stories.
5. Upokongaro - Tasman Sea
From Upokongaro village over the cycle bridge to the west side of the river, this flat and easy trail follows the river to Whanganui city limits where it continues on cycle paths,suburban streets and pretty riverside boardwalk trough the centre brimming with galleries,street art, cafes and more.
The final stretch heads through salt-tinged backstreets on its way to North Mole - Castlecliff - a moody, driftwood-strewn beach where this epic journey Ends.