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North IslandRuapehuOhakune

Time: 40mins, Distance: 17km, Cycling Grade: 2

This ride is best completed by getting a drop off at the top of the Mountain Road on the Turoa side of Mt Ruapehu. Once up, the only way is down - and VERY fast! 17kms of primo down hill starting by being surrounded by alpine scrub, then finishing in lush mature native forest. There are several local operators that you can contact for a drop off at the top, or you could ride up if you so desire.

Arriving at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road

Arriving at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road

An exhausted biker - try a road bike, it's faster!

An exhausted biker - try a road bike, it's faster!

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Pieke

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

AWESOME!! Thought it was a good idea to ride up to the top of the hill. Arrived at the top 2 hours later and ripped down 17km's dodging the odd camper along the way. Wicked views with heaps of vegetation variety. I would think twice about doing this ride in the wet. Wore through my brakes......

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