8.8 miles
Distance
1,532 ft
Climb
-1,102 ft
Descent
01:52:41
Avg time

Old Coach Road Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13300 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Ohakune Old Coach Road is the original link between the North Island main trunk railway from the north and the South.

The trail follows the old bridle route with some some slight deviations added through stunning native bush. The trail climbs steadily but is absolutely ideal for all levels of cyclists and families if enough time is taken. It heads uphill from Ohakune to Horopito - rising 135 meters over the 9 kilometers. The highlight of the trail is the 284 meter wide - 45 meter high Hapuawhenua Viaduct which ceased it's rail duties on the North Island main trunk rail line in 1987. It is a spectacular piece of New Zealand's railway engineering history.

Along the trail Department of Conservation signs display a history and photos of the main trunk line's construction.

source: NZ by Bike
Access Info

Follow the sign posts from Ohakune railway station. This is part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.

More Stats for Old Coach Road bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    430 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,883 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,520 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,027 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,457 ft
  • Grade
    0.926%
  • Grade max
    -39.31%
  • Grade min
    35.379%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,297 ft
  • Avg time
    01:52:41
  • Avg reverse time
    01:58:17
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4 (9 votes)

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      Old Coach Road Trail Reports

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      Oct 27, 2020 @ 12:11pm
      Oct 27, 2020
      Nice ride, intermediate with points of interest and information along the way.
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 2:30pm
      Aug 19, 2020
      Firm slightly damp surface, excellent condition trail for middle of Winter. The original OCR cobblestones can be bumpy at times, but that's part...
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 3:47pm
      Jun 24, 2020
      Track in excellent shape for this time of year
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 1:02pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      Awesome ride highly recommend ????????
      Mar 14, 2020 @ 1:00pm
      Mar 14, 2020
      Solid weather, excellent trail conditions. Plenty of walkers/ foot traffic.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 11 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • - 1
      MaximusM (Jan 14, 2020 at 21:00)
       An easy but frustrating ride. Gravel and old uneven cobble stone almost all the way. Might as well hike it.
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      • + 0
      Tully01 (May 20, 2021 at 14:55)
       Rode this trail both ways yesterday with friends. A Grade 2 and in places Grade 3 ride but due to several rough rocky sections we would recommend full suspension. Ì believe you needs degree of fitness and primary school age children would struggle. Distance from ohakune railway station to Horopito is around 16km. Track in good order even after recent rain. Lots of opportunities for photos.
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