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Old Coach Road

Distance: 15km

Grade: 2 Easy. See here for Bike trail grades.

Time: 2-4 Hours.

Start: Ohakune railway station is the official, But the best way is to leave your car here at TCB, ride from the shop along the Mangawhero river walkway or take one of our shuttles and ride back from Horopito to Ohakune. 

Finish: Horopito/Ohakune depending on which way you ride the trail.

Shuttle times: 10am, 12pm and 2pm are the shuttle times for the Old Coach road. The shuttle is $15 per person, group discounts for 12 or more are available. Please arrive 10 minutes before so we can book you a space. You can call the shop on 06 3858 433 to book in advance or contact us here


Old Coach road trail

Track info:

A TCB favourite is the historical Old Coach road this trail is great for the family. From Horopito the track is mostly downhill and more enjoyable for the beginner/novice mountain biker. There are a few small climbs when riding the trail this way, but more downhill. For the experienced mountain biker departing from Ohakune riding to Horopito and back is a great option for a 30km ride. Horopito track starts out by Smash palace a large car wreckers/museum. From there you will follow the historical Old Coach road trail taking in fantastic scenery, native bush and historical sites. Taonui viaduct and the restored Hapuawhenua viaduct are some of the highlights. Along the trail there are signboards pointing out the history of the Old Coach road, they give you a great insight into the difficulty of building the rail trunk line….But don’t let us spoil the surprise as you ride along the Old Coach road trail.

Start of the Old Coach road trail Taonui viaduct on the Old Coach Road trail Hapuawhenua Viaduct on the Old Coach road trail


Track tips:

For beginners / novices and families it is best to get a shuttle from TCB Ohakune to Horopito and ride back to Ohakune. This direction with give the rider more downhill than uphill, Making it far more enjoyable. 

Important Information:

Old Coach road is a grade 2 easy and has cell phone coverage.

Essential equipment:

Bike tool, pump, spare tube/puncture kit, tyre levers, chain quick link, food, water and suitable clothing.

Bike Rental:

All TCB Bike rentals for the Old Coach road trail will be supplied with the following. Bike tool, pump, spare tube/puncture kit and tyre levers. If you have your own bike we can rent you the necessary equipment for the trail.

We have full suspension, front suspension, child’s tag along bike, child’s bike seats and an electric mountain bike for rental please check availability click here or call the shop on 06 385 8433



Full suspension bike rental for Old Coach roadFull Suspension Book Now

Front suspension bike rental for Old Coach road Front Suspension Book Now


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