The Old Coach Road: Half-Day Mountain Bike Tour 2018-06-19T10:13:04+00:00

The Old Coach Road: Mountain Bike Tour

Half Day Adventure

Journey back in time, riding along the historic rail heritage of New Zealand’s Old Coach Road. This road was used to carry passengers and goods between the two railheads on the North Island’s main trunk link before they were linked in 1908.

The journey takes visitors through the beautiful native forest and has sweeping views across the district. Distinctive heritage features of the trail include a unique cobbled road, massive steel viaducts, a curved tunnel, railway bridge remains, and old campsites of the pioneers.

The journey also takes visitors through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district. The track is mostly smooth terrain and has just a few moderate hill climbs – making this trail suitable for most abilities.

This grade 2 cycleway is appropriate for all, including family groups with young children and those a little older with limited fitness. We alternate between the northern section and the southern section of the Old Coad Road depending on the clients biking ability, the weather and track conditions.

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Price Includes

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, bike and helmet.

Adrift Tongariro has clothing available for hire to supplement that which you don’t have and need.

Transfers from Whakapapa Village incur an additional costs see details below.

Return Transfers

All tours start and finish at the Adrift Tongariro base. Morning or afternoon tours available.

Return transfers between Whakapapa Village accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $35pp minimum 2 persons.

We endeavor to remove the risk of clients not having adequate clothing and equipment for the conditions. To achieve this we request clients to meet at the Adrift Tongariro base to improve both safety and service as this is outfitted with all equipment and clothing needs for the conditions of the day.

Summer

Adrift Tongariro Base
Morning Tour: Pick up 9:00am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm

Whakapapa Village
Morning Tour: Pick up 9:00am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm

Winter

Adrift Tongariro Base
Morning Tour: Pick up 8:00am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm

  • Transfers are an additional service to the tour.
  • All times are approximate
  • Summer 1 October – 30 April, Winter 1 May – 30 September
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price.
  • All return transfers between accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base, an additional charge applies as per above.
  • We do not offer Whakapapa Village return transfers in winter.
  • All return transfers require a minimum of two persons to operate transfers.
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base in time for a 9am summer and a 8am winter morning tour departure or a 1:30pm summer and winter afternoon tour departure.
  • If you have paid for transfers it is essential that you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.

Gear List

Water (1-2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), Sun hat Sunscreen, Sunglasses, backpack per person, trainers, shorts suitable for cycling, 1 warm top layer (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), change of clothes if the weather is wet.

Gear Hire

Adrift Tongariro has equipment for hire. This includes footwear and clothing to supplement anything you may not have, or have forgotten on the day. We can supply: boots, socks, thermal longs, fleece longs, waterproof pants, thermal tops, fleece tops, waterproof tops, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles and sleeping bags and liners.

Re-confirmation

If you have paid for transfers it is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.