Tukino Skifield Road

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4x4 Trail

Out & Back
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About this trail
The trail is a four wheel drive gravel and scoria road that heads up onto the flanks of Mount Ruapehu. After climbing steadily up for 13km and gaining about 600 metres you'll reach the Tukino skifield. Enjoy the stupendous alpine views and rugged environment, then head back down the way you come for a thrilling down hill run. Don't attempt this ride in winter.

If you continue up the mountain on foot from the skifield you'll come to the Whangaehu River. The mountain is an active volcano and high above you is a steaming hot crater lake. On Christmas Eve 1953 it burst its bank and a huge lahar cascaded down the Whangaehu River towards the Tangiwai railway bridge. Also headed for the bridge was the night train with 252 people and many more Christmas presents on board. The lahar - a six metre high wave of water, ice, mud and rocks - got to the bridge first.... The train plunged into the maelstrom and 151 people died.
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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World Champ

January 9, 2017
Review: It's a stupendous environment up on this active volcano with the forces of nature so close up and in focus. It's worth the ride but the ride itself is no great pleasure. A better way to experience the mountain is to walk up to the crater lake from the other side...

Tukino Skifield Road MTB Trail 1.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.
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