Trip Advisor 2023
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5 Days / 4 Nights:
Our full package taking in all the sights of the entire Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.

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4 Days / 3 Nights:
A condensed version of the 5 day programme, combining day 1 & 2 together. Must have moderate to strong levels of fitness.

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3 Days / 2 Nights:
Mini Mountains to Sea programme, which will cover 95% of the Mountains to Sea Cycle trail. If this is not what you are after, let us know and we will come back to you with a quote.

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Budget 5, 4 or 3 Day Itineraries:
This package is for the cost conscious traveller​ who is wanting to experience the entire Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail, but would like to either self cater all their meals or self cater and transport their own luggage (Bare Bones programme).

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2 Days / 1 Night:
For those with very little time, but a huge amount of energy! Think the "Timber Trail' but with amazing views and remote stunning scenery.

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Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail

Nga Ara Tuhono Cycleway

Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail

Start: Turoa Ski Field, MT RUAPEHU
Finish: Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui
Distance: 226 km (includes jet boat ride)
Duration: 2 – 5 days
Riding distances per day: 30 – 70km
Fitness level: Reasonable level of fitness
Grade: 2-3
Riding Season: Mid November – April

Our 3-5 day packages include five trails, which are part of the National ‘Mountains-to-Sea’ Cycle Trail. Starting high on the volcanic slopes of Mt Ruapehu and winding its way via mountain, forest and river to the beach at Whanganui.

It is truly the best the region has to offer and will be some of the most memorable biking you will ever experience.

Cycle through breathtakingly varied, spectacular landscapes; visit historic sites from New Zealand’s pioneering past; canoe down the Whanganui River (optional) and complete your journey in the historic town of Whanganui. Spend each night in unique accommodation, carefully selected by us to complement your day’s pedalling.

Whether you are looking for a fully serviced trip, an expert support person or bike hire, We’re sure to have an adventure that suits you best.

Let us plan your Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail Journey

  • Plan and Book all your Accommodation
  • Book Your Jet Boat
  • Bike Hire
  • Daily Briefings
  • Fowl Weather – Contingency Plans
  • Arrange all your Meals
  • Shuttle your luggage to your next night’s accommodation
  • Supply Maps
  • Return Transfer from Whanganui back to Ohakune

Mountains to Sea Quick Facts

Putting a grade on an activity is always subjective and our grading guidelines should give you a better idea of what to expect on your trip. The grade applies to the overall intensity of the journey and individual days may exceed the stated guidelines. Please refer to the individual trip itinerary for daily distances and descriptions.

You can expect longer distances and some challenging days. This holiday is perfect for regular cyclists who lead a fit and active lifestyle.
Distance per Day: 30-70 km

The Mountain Bike Station offers itineraries of two to five days cycling for the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail. Each trip includes unique overnight accommodation, a detailed information pack, route notes and map for the group leader, along with door to door bag transfers, and transfers from Ohakune to Turoa Ski Field, Ohakune to Horopito and Whanganui to Ohakune on the final day (including baggage & bikes).

Accommodation is comfortable and will meet all of your basic needs. These may include Hostel Style accommodation and limited basic B&Bs. Accommodation may be rustic and an ensuite or private bathroom may not always be available. Sometimes located in a remote area, the accommodation may be shared with other travellers. The friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay

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The Mountains to Sea has more variety of trail type than any other New Zealand cycle trail.
This makes it a challenge to be taken seriously, but with careful planning, good equipment and reasonable weather it's guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime".
Kennett, Jonathan (2013) A guide to New Zealand Great Rides. The New Zealand Cycle Trail.