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Time: 2hrs, Distance: 15km, Cycling Grade: 2

This trail is the beginning of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail and was the first NZ cycle trail to be opened by Prime Minister John Key. The trail has been recently restored and passes though areas of historical significance and over a couple of viaducts and tunnels. The best place to start is at Horopito (check out the car wreckers at the same time), and ride down to Ohakune. You can either do a vehicle shuttle yourself, or organise a drop off with a local bike operator. Take a picnic and your camera - primo.

Start of the Old Coach Road

Start of the Old Coach Road

One of the viaducts along the trail

One of the viaducts along the trail

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8 reviews with the most recent first

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk, lots of native bush. You can walk or rent a bicycle.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Kingfamily

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Old Coach Road is a great 3 hour ride through beaut scenery with historical info, old bridges, 2 huge railway viaducts and mostly downhill. Darren & Jane gave us top-notch Avanti bikes & drove us to the start at Horopito where we started with a visit to Smash Palace, an intriguing wander through the largest wrecking yard you'll ever find. This is the first leg of the proposed Mountain to Sea trail & well worth it. The accommodation at Station Lodge is also great, ranging from backpacker style (lovely kitchen/lounge) to 4 new ski chalets with hot tubs, very reasonably priced. A lovely town - the railway adds interest - we'd love to return in the ski season.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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FamilyGuy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The local community has done a fantastic job of restoring this historic track - with more improvements planned apparently. A great family walk/ride with some stunning scenary. We hired bikes for the family from "Mountain Bike Station" in Ohakune. Darren provided awesome bikes & helpful Kiwi service. It's no push-chair track, but your efforts are rewarded with some amazing the views & great insights into the history. My 15 year-old's reaction was "Epic, I LOVED IT!" I'd recommend it as a fantastic summer ride/walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Angela

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Just did the ride today and really enjoyed the ride, the tunnel was great!! The viaduct a bit scary at first but absolutely amazing to ride across. I rented a great bike from the Mountain Bike Station who also provided the transport. www.mountainbikestation.co.nz. I am not very fit or experienced but I made it and really enjoyed the challenge.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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AndreF

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

rode it with mtb in both directions (ohakune to horopito), nice prepared track with some muddy sections. verry well placed signs and info-boards with interesting things about the road (history - present) and nature. got everything from historic places to native bush, pine, grass, mud, stony and even river crossings (with bridges). liked it verry much.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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JPT

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We've done the track on MTB's and on foot, and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The link to Horopito is now open, meaning it can be as long or short a trip as you like. The views from the old viaduct are stunning, and if you can get up there around 2pm you'll more than likely catch the Overlander travelling along the new viaduct.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Gail Mckinstry

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Historically + culturally interesting as well as a very pretty walk. Gives info on the old railway from Wellington to Auckland.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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JeanOddy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Terrific walk if interested in plants, trees, birds and local history. Walk from campsite along side of river onto Marshal Road and then to Old Coachmans track up to rail viaducts and return - and it is being extended.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

8 reviews with the most recent first

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk, lots of native bush. You can walk or rent a bicycle.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Kingfamily

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Old Coach Road is a great 3 hour ride through beaut scenery with historical info, old bridges, 2 huge railway viaducts and mostly downhill. Darren & Jane gave us top-notch Avanti bikes & drove us to the start at Horopito where we started with a visit to Smash Palace, an intriguing wander through the largest wrecking yard you'll ever find. This is the first leg of the proposed Mountain to Sea trail & well worth it. The accommodation at Station Lodge is also great, ranging from backpacker style (lovely kitchen/lounge) to 4 new ski chalets with hot tubs, very reasonably priced. A lovely town - the railway adds interest - we'd love to return in the ski season.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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FamilyGuy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The local community has done a fantastic job of restoring this historic track - with more improvements planned apparently. A great family walk/ride with some stunning scenary. We hired bikes for the family from "Mountain Bike Station" in Ohakune. Darren provided awesome bikes & helpful Kiwi service. It's no push-chair track, but your efforts are rewarded with some amazing the views & great insights into the history. My 15 year-old's reaction was "Epic, I LOVED IT!" I'd recommend it as a fantastic summer ride/walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Angela

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Just did the ride today and really enjoyed the ride, the tunnel was great!! The viaduct a bit scary at first but absolutely amazing to ride across. I rented a great bike from the Mountain Bike Station who also provided the transport. www.mountainbikestation.co.nz. I am not very fit or experienced but I made it and really enjoyed the challenge.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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AndreF

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

rode it with mtb in both directions (ohakune to horopito), nice prepared track with some muddy sections. verry well placed signs and info-boards with interesting things about the road (history - present) and nature. got everything from historic places to native bush, pine, grass, mud, stony and even river crossings (with bridges). liked it verry much.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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JPT

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We've done the track on MTB's and on foot, and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The link to Horopito is now open, meaning it can be as long or short a trip as you like. The views from the old viaduct are stunning, and if you can get up there around 2pm you'll more than likely catch the Overlander travelling along the new viaduct.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Gail Mckinstry

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Historically + culturally interesting as well as a very pretty walk. Gives info on the old railway from Wellington to Auckland.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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JeanOddy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Terrific walk if interested in plants, trees, birds and local history. Walk from campsite along side of river onto Marshal Road and then to Old Coachmans track up to rail viaducts and return - and it is being extended.

Reviewed over 8 years ago