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Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune provided by Ohakune Old Coach Road

Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune

Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 37519P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All equipment including Bicycle and helmet
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Unguided Bike tour
Exclusions
  • n/a
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • TCB Ski Board & Bike, 29 Ayr Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand Departure Point TCB Ohakune 29 Ayr St, Ohakune Corner of Ayr and Mangawhero Streets in downtown Ohakune
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • All equipment including Bicycle and helmet
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Unguided Bike tour
Exclusions
  • n/a
Departure details
  • TCB Ski Board & Bike, 29 Ayr Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand Departure Point TCB Ohakune 29 Ayr St, Ohakune Corner of Ayr and Mangawhero Streets in downtown Ohakune
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    TCB Ski Board & Bike
    29 Ayr Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
    Departure Point TCB Ohakune 29 Ayr St, Ohakune Corner of Ayr and Mangawhero Streets in downtown Ohakune
    See address & details
  • 1
    Ohakune Old Coach Road
    Stop: 4 hours
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  • 2
    TCB Ski Board and Bike
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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SongofaTui
Taranaki Region, New Zealand63 contributions
Great ride from Horopito to Ohakune. I rented a full suspension bike in excellent condition from the friendly TCB team. I walked most of the uphill and then zoomed down through beautiful bush. Each section of the track is different - fantastic. The viaduct was really cool to ride on back and forth. (The toilets on the other side of it are handy 😉).
Written January 19, 2022
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BOOtsie5
Paraparaumu, New Zealand388 contributions
We were wanting to ride this track and try out the ebikes. Because I'm an unfit mid fifties woman and after reading the below review I only wanted to do it one way (downhill). Unfortunately we had just missed the shuttle and the guy in the shop (and hubby) was trying to persuade me to do both ways. I was very reluctant at first but thought 'what the hell, I could always turn around if it gets too difficult'.
Wow, I am so pleased they did persuade me; it was the most fun I've had in a long time! The first half of the journey was relatively easy with the motor, and the views were amazing. We rode over the old bridge rather than go up the steep hill on the way there; fantastic.
The ride down was a completely different ride - very fast. A bit hair raising for me at times but I absolutely loved it! The scenery seems to be a lot different, but still spectacular.
Don't be afraid to do both ways; If I can do it anybody can!
Written March 22, 2021
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Averil H
Tauranga, New Zealand131 contributions
This was our first time doing the Old Coach Rd bike trail, & in summary it wasn't easy, but it was worth it! We went as a family group, aged 9-60years & we all got to the end relatively unscathed! Although they estimate it takes 2-3hrs to complete & we took 3.5 :)
I would HIGHLY recommend TCB Ohakune for mountain bike hire - their team was friendly, well organised & knowledgeable. I would also recommend hiring a FULL suspension bike for this trail, as it is REALLY bumpy in areas where old cobble stones poke through the trail. It's worth the exta money & those of us who only hired the standard front suspension bikes did regret it. They also hire kids bikes & electric bikes & all bikes come with helmets. TCB can also organise a transfer shuttle to get you & your bike up to Horopito, so you only have to travel one-way - & it's the more downhill way ♡♡♡ But still 15kms.
All up a wonderful experience with gorgeous scenery.
We would also recommend LKNZ hostel as a clean, friendly place to stay in Ohakune, with a yummy cafe as well as self-catering kitchens & heaters in the rooms.
Oh & burgers at the Finch for dinner! Yummo!!!
Written April 7, 2019
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Kelly S
Palmerston North, New Zealand3 contributions
Everything online made this sounds like a good/easy family ride. Sadly it was way trickier than we could have imagined. Very bumpy, lots of uphill and very muddy. Our poor 9yr old struggled the whole time. Not for kids with no mountain bike experience. Great scenery but tough ride.
Written August 8, 2021
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alanclarke2017
Chicago, IL27 contributions
We elected to ride the old coach road from Ohakune to Horopito and back some 35 kms and we hired e bikes from SLR Mountain Bikes. The SLR team were fantastic and the bikes were excellent.

We are in our 60's and have ebikes at home and have done rides like the Otago Rail Trail. Our son and his partner are in their 30's and they came with us

We were heard the ride was "Easy" ... Grade 1 to 2 ... Hmm not in our opinion ...

NZ bike trails are graded as follows;

Grade 1 Easiest; ... Suitable for novices ... off road trails are smooth ... wide for side by side riding

Grade 2 Easy; ... Suitable for beginners ... trails are wide and smooth ... predictable ... no nasty surprises

Grade 3; Intermediate ... Suitable for regular experienced cyclists with good fitness ... Off road can be narrow with steep hills ... trails are firm may include loose sections and obstacles

Grade 4 Advanced ... Suitable for fit experienced cyclists with good off road skills ... rocks tree routes loose sections and some walking may be required ...

While the trail start is an old road it rapidly changes to a steep cobbled road which requires careful negotiation and this morphs into some very tight very narrow climbs with loose stone and tree routes ...

The ride is lovely and the bush great and yes there are definitely some easy places ... An old tunnel to walk into and an old viaduct to ride over ... There are great info places detailing the history and the track is clear to follow ...

But it is rough in places steep and requires concentration so that you don't get a chance to see the views ...

We finally decided to only ride one way uphill and called SLR to come and pick us up ... Best $30 we spent! ... Having said that our son and his partner rode back and enjoyed it immensely ...

The point is ... Be honest about the ride! ... It is a Grade 2+ to 3 ... Definitely not a Grade 1! ...

It was lovely to see it being used by families and e bike and mountain bike riders alike and it was busy ...

Thanks again to SLR who we strongly recommend for services and great gear ...
Written March 1, 2021
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Mechelle M
Lower Hutt, New Zealand305 contributions
Booked the TCB shuttle to Horopito so rode trail one way on our own bikes. On reflection should have hired an e bike as at 50 years + + with arthritis and not overly fit, I had to push my bike up the hills. The scenery was beautiful, the tracks varied and well maintained, bumpy at times due to the historic cobblestones mostly. Only downside was the people usually riding in opposite direction going far too fast for the amount of riders including children on track. Otherwise 3 hours and 2 punctures later, we completed the ride with a sense of accomplishment, sore butt and thighs, and a promise to ourselves to upgrade our bikes before attempting another ride, but with great photos for lifetime memories.
Written January 2, 2022
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Geoff L
Hamilton, New Zealand27 contributions
Solo
I biked a section of the Old Coach Road this week and although I enjoyed the experience, I do have two significant reservations: (1) there does need to be more information regarding the appropriate bike for this trail. I rode it from the Ohakune end, on my Trek Conduit e-bike. It managed the initial incline well enough, and I was anticipating some jarring on the cobblestones (setts) as my bike doesn’t have front hydraulics. But I wasn’t expecting the level of track rutting I encountered, which was really bad in places.
(2) I guess that most riders opt for the easier Horopito to Ohakune ride but it does feel a little dangerous when you are heading uphill and you encounter riders belting downhill. I had a couple of close encounters on Tuesday. The onus is on the downhill riders to be more careful.
Written April 17, 2019
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Reuben U
8 contributions
Couples
Not too short, not too long, a great bike ride for couples. Don't be put off by the initial incline on the grassy old coach road, it soon flattens out on the top before dropping down towards the viaduct. Really fun ride leading to an awe inspiring old school engineering masterpiece.
Written May 2, 2018
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Geezer
21 contributions
Went to Ohakune to ride the old coach road, reading about it I got the impression you needed to be dropped in Horopito in order to get back down, on arriving I went to enquire at the bike shop, they didn’t have a shuttle going for a while and the girl there said since I had an ebike that I should ride the 17km up! I thought bugger it why not so off I went. Expecting it to be a mission it wasn’t that difficult on an ebike, there are some challenges going up which was exciting and gave me a chance to look at all the scenery and history stopping at both viaducts. I continued up to the top for a quick rest and then headed back down. I passed a lot of walkers on way up and since it was around 4.30pm most of them were heading out so going back was much more fun and fast. This track has plenty of space and excitement for all ages, I was so stoked I decided to bike up that made it so much more exciting. I would highly recommend this ride to all and if you are not a 40kg cycling fanatic then grab an ebike from the rental shop chuck it onto to turbo and give it some jandel, you won’t regret it. I will definitely be returning soon
Written December 30, 2019
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christine r
Queenstown, New Zealand40 contributions
From Ohkaune there is a 3 km uphill grind over cobble stones, the original surface of the Old coach Road. Therefore it is rough going and we were very glad of our battery assistance.
Great track although very narrow and need to take it easy in some parts.
Wonderful scenery through bush and views over the valley. The relic remaining of the Taonui viaduct was fascinating. Great engineering feat.
This track takes longer than you think but well worth it.
Written May 9, 2019
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By: Ohakune Old Coach Road
dons0000
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A really fun ride
This was a really fun ride. The forest was beautiful and the viaducts were spectacular. While not a long or difficu
carriem41743
carriem41743
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Fabulous must do walk
Fabulous walk from Marshall’s car park, only an hour to get to the viaduct, tricky sharing the trails with so many
Viv M
Viv M
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Invigorating Ride!
Overall, this was a very good ride. We did it both ways and it is manageable for average riders and certainly OK if
ShirishParanjape
ShirishParanjape
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Gentle walk but NOT shaded.
We walked from the car park to the viaducts- did not bike. Good easy walk with nice views of 2 viaducts on New Zeal
NZBazza
NZBazza
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Horopito to Ohakune
Beautiful scenery, great trail with a bit of everything in it. Points of interest along the trail. Hiring of E-bi
tracyh716
tracyh716
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A bit trickier than you think
Great ride. Don't be foolish about the km seems short??. It is a bumpy rocky ride across various terrain. If wet q
Shelley M
Shelley M
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Very bumpy
We got a shuttle to Horopito and biked to Ohakune. It is very hilly with a good track but it is incredibly rough p
missktuck
missktuck
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Great day out, fun exercise
We hired dual suspension bikes and got a shuttle ticket from Ohakune to Horopito from TCB who were just fantastic t
143leannew
143leannew
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Great bike ride for limited time
This was a great morning out. Track very easy to follow. Bit rough in places but the scenery and bridge rides wer
kiwitreks
kiwitreks
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Great way to spend a day
My partner and I hired bikes and did the return journey which is about 30km. Definitely more difficult/uphill on th
klvmar
klvmar
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A Bike Tour for All Ages
We loved this bike tour! We were shuttled to Horopito and biked (mostly downhill) to Ohakune, through Tongariro Na
scarlettjhoward
scarlettjhoward
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Such a cool walk! ⭐
This walk proves to be so stunning on a hot day! After a bush walk, you end up on the old railway while looking ove
Andy L
Andy L
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Liberating
Enjoyed a Fun 2 hour bike trail. Old CoachRoad highlight would be Hapuawhenua viaduct (new and old). Take more phot
507RachelL
507RachelL
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Really wonderful bike ride!
I'm by no means a mountain-biker and by alternating walking the bike and peddling I was able to get through this ri
MarianeWray
MarianeWray
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Highly recommended.
Always a great day, whatever part of the track you do. Cycling, running or walking, it's an easy yet challenging tr
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