42nd Traverse

42nd Traverse

NZ Cycle Trail


2 Rankers Reviews

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Time: 4-7 hours, Distance: 46km, Cycling Grade: 3

This is a classic ride in the Central North Island. You need to be prepared as there is no easy way out of this ride once you start. Plenty of up and downhill sections to keep you entertained - check out the cross section of the track at the Kapoors Road end. This track is best to ride when its dry as there is heaps of sections with super slippery papa-clay. This ride is now also a part of an increasingly popular adventure race held in May called the T-42. You will need to organise a shuttle to get you back to the start, or a very friendly friend who doesn't like to ride bikes who can pick you up at the end....... The beverage at the end is well deserved!

Bikers beware: unfortunately the carpark at Kapoors Road can be a popular area for car break-ins.....


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DOC Activities

Central government organisation


North IslandRuapehuTongariro / National Park Village


  • Cycling
  • Free


Sophie James's avatar

Sophie James


Ranking: 8/10

Definitely not for the faint hearted, some very steep climbs and some good down hill biking.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Pieke's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A solid ride with heaps of hills and good views in the middle of nowhere. We rode this in May when the daylight hours were pretty short and didn't leave much room for error. The track is great when its dry as the clay on the downhills can be lethal when they are wet. The track is fully ridable apart from one river crossing with a steep uphill straight after it - you definately know when you are here. The last hill is quite relentless. Be aware of the quads driving thorugh.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in May 2011

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