Old Coach Rd

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Mountain bike on a heritage route through ancient sub-alpine fores
Visit the central New Zealand town of Ohakune during winter, and it's the energetic après-ski hub for winter sports enthusiasts on nearby Mt Ruapehu, but in spring and summer, the emphasis turns to mountain biking the Old Coach Road. Renowned as one of the country's most accessible backcountry bike rides, the half-day trail traverses a former trading route from Ohakune to Horopito, and the combination of restored cobblestones and leafy tracks includes two spectacular viaducts and giant rimu and totara trees almost two thousand years old. Heading (mainly) downhill from Horopito to Ohakune is recommended, and My Kiwi Adventure in the nearby mountain hamlet of National Park can help out with bike rental and trailhead transport.
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