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Level: Advanced
Length: 29 mi (46.7 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +641/1 ft
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking 42 Traverse

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#52 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#4726 in the world

The 42 Traverse is a great backcountry ride for the adventurous in a fairly remote area. The trail follows old logging tracks for most of the way; there are some steep patches - more down that up, some killer ruts, some fine downhill blats, some river crossings, some fine native forest and some glimpses of the volcones of Tongariro National Park.

You won't want to bike back to the start so you need to arrange a shuttle - easily done at the backpacker accommodation at National Park Village. They also rent bikes. If its a fine day get them to pick you up at the Whakapapa brige where you can freshen up with a swim or you can bike the few kilometers to Owhango where there is a pub.

It is a remote trail and it's not difficult lose it! And it can get really cold in winter. Take care and stuff warm clothing into your day pack!

There's an emerging mountain bike race and a marathon on the trail each year - details at www.t42.co.nz

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From National Park Village, head northeast towards Taupo. You'll see the Kapoors Road turnoff after 17 km. The track starts 6 km down Kapoors Road but you can start right at the turnoff for a little extra downhill blat on the sealed road.
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  • Jim Cummings

    This is a classic cross-country adventure ride in remote back-country on gravel and old four-wheel drive tracks. It has a long down hill run that will let you know you're alive...

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  • olimoo

    A definite 5 our of 5 if you want a real wilderness ride. You're on a track used by hikers, ATVs, hunters etc so don't expect groomed trail conditions. But the scenery is stunning, the climbs lung and leg busting and the descents (one of which is 16km) are possibly the happiest you will ever be on two wheels.

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