New Zealand cycling trails at Old Coach Road

I will share more about New Zealand cycling trails in this blog post.

As part of my New Zealand Road trip, I had packed multiple hikes and biking trips into my itinerary (read here).

The reason I chose Old Coach Road cycling route was because it was near to Tongariro National Park (35 to 50km drive), and the 2 hour route was within my tight schedule. I had stayed one night at National Park to explore nearby mountains, waterfalls and streams.

My 4k Video, FUN along Old Coach Road (YouTube link)

Relive video below

I was sold when I saw Old Coach Road’s old railway line (Hapuawhenua viaduct). This is actually part of a 200km long Mountains to Sea route!

Those new to cycling trails in NZ just need to explore this link.
https://nzcycletrail.com

Map showing how I drove and pickup my bike at Ohakune

Old Coach Road is only 15km and will take you between 2 to 3 hours.

Recommended itinerary (refer custom Google Map above):
a. Rent and return your bike at Ohakune town (TCB vendor)
b. Vendor will transfer you and bike to Horopito start point
c. You then cycle South towards Ohakune
d. Return bike at Ohakune

NZ TCB review
Image at TCB, it is all Upslope if you start at Ohakune!

For novices, I would recommend this direction for lesser upslopes, and route is easier to navigate(60% of slopes in the first half of route). You will see experts cycling in the opposite direction.

Old Coach Road
Old Coach Road

Shortlisting your bike vendors

-Some vendor has two while others has three time-slots. Check which one fits your itinerary and schedule
-Secondly, some slots might need minimum 2 to go
(Budget wise, most pricing are competitive)

I got my bike from the friendly folks at TCB, and book their Old Coach Road package. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

TCB Ohakune
TCB Ohakune

Before we start, Old Coach Road is one of the easiest biking tracks in New Zealand. It only takes 2 to 3hr, 15km between Horopito and Ohakune.

.. but it is not straightforward for amateurs. It is not a ride in the park!

Let’s Go! My Green ride, “My PRECIOUS” LOTR haha 🙂

 

Cycling Trails NZ
Cycling Trails NZ

Follow the “horse shoe” logo to keep on the right track.

Good advice about locking your bikes. Overall, NZ is very safe, but I would hate to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without my bike.

Near to the start point. The gravel road are hard to ride over, and the wheels keep sliding. The cows will be laughing at “tourists” struggling along the path.

Railway track behind me, this is a real one.

Cross the track and cycle deeper into the forest. I love the zig zag lines inside the forest.  Shady and quiet, it feels like you are the only one in the forest, and you might only meet another cyclist after hours.

Secluded, Peaceful and Beautiful route. FREEDOM!

The first half has two memorable upslopes which I could overcome with low gear, but I chose to push. Excuse me, my calves were still hurting from hiking Tongariro Alpine the day before.

Expect crickets and birds for company. Sometimes, I would be so elated that I needed to sing or shout out loud 🙂

As you cycle along, you will see some information corners. Posters will depict Old Coach Road history and neighborhood. Not easy for early ancestors to overcome the harsh forest camps.

Cycle past old bridges and foundations.

Taonui viaduct is rusty but still magnificent.

I really cherished my solo trips,  venturing out and crafting more memories of my own. Bring myself out of comfort box.

Own time own target. Me time!

History of Hapuawhenua Viaduct.

Pregnant and Placenta, now you know 🙂

I had hiked Tongariro the day earlier and my calves were sore. But adrenaline kept me going, so much more to explore!

New Zealand cycling trails
New Zealand cycling trails
Hapuawhenua Viaduct
Hapuawhenua Viaduct

You can cycle or walk along the bridge, it is a TALL structure.

Sometimes, you feel like you are the only one cycling in the whole forest!
(unlike SG, where you are seldom 15 to 30min away from a junction and human contact).

I cycled through a dark tunnel, because I was curious what was at the other end (it is one way).

Summer is a good time to cycle, as the sun sets later. It is not too cold, light breeze and 15 degrees, I only had a light jacket with me. Do start earlier, I would not want to be caught cycling in the dark in the forest.

If you love exploration and adventures, and cycling in the middle of nowhere. New Zealand cycling trails has something for everyone, from families to multi-day cycling trips.

 

One more advantage of cycling in NZ. Weather is likely cool, no snakes, spiders or bears!

At this junction, I noticed the 2km distance needed 40 minutes. Cobblestone path lies ahead. Go slow as the road is uneven and rocks can be big!

Do enjoy the vast grassy landscape too.

More interesting nuggets. Travel times have reduced over the centuries. Maoris used to trek from North to South island in under 2 weeks!

You will exit to Marshalls Road and back to civilisation. This signpost and upcoming bmx pump track indicates you are near to the end point.

If time permits, you may detour to Ohakune Station just for fun.
You can explore a local train from National Park station to Ohakune for NZD $12.

 

Clear water and blue sky everywhere.

After returning my bike, enjoyed my lunch at Utopia. Friendly service, the lady owner (?) knows all the customers by first name!

Additional tips for cyclists:

– Bike rental would be easily $40 (inclusive a good bike and helmet)
– Ride easy, I had a haversack and rain jacket (waterproof your items)
– Pack First aid kid, whistle, night torch, biscuits for emergencies
– Always let someone know where you are heading to. Wilderness is huge and often has no mobile signal!
– Take the bike route/fitness recommendation with a pinch of salt. Kiwi folks are generally fitter

You might find out more about TCB packages (cycling and ski) from their website or Facebook.

 

In case you are exploring NZ too, do pop by our custom Google Map and Gsheet itinerary . Refer to our Custom Google Map driving route.

Do click on album below for more photos on our Fanpage(link).

NZ hiking photos
NZ hiking photos

 

Other New Zealand posts:

New Zealand North Island road trip
Hike up Pinnacles and staying in a hut
Crossing unreal Tongariro Alpine in Summer (my best hike ever)
– New Zealand cycling trails – Old Coach Road (Freedom!)
Cycling NZ with Cycliq Fly6

If you need more tips for your New Zealand road Trip planning or Self Drive tips, do refer to our Google map itinerary link and drop us a note.

Danasan Eco Adventure Park with family

We are sharing some of the adventures for Danasan Eco Adventure Park with family.  We were supposed to spend half a day at the park, but the rain (and mud) has other plans.

Our family were still looking for more adventures, after Kawasan Canyoneering and Whale sharks Oslob. Danasan’s sky-cycling and ATV caught our attention.

Danasan Eco Adventure Park is like a theme park for adventures, suitable for the whole family.

You can do horse riding, ATV or Karting. Or try something more thrilling like trekking, waterfall and cave exploration. The extreme one is called Skydrop (Youtube link).

Our own experience captured on video (YouTube video)

Daredevils can try rappelling, skybike!

But first, you have to survive the hilly terrain, and drive in 20km .
Why would anyone want to build an adventure park so deep inside the mountain?

Road conditions need to be upgraded too. Those with car motion sickness better be prepared.

Danasan Eco Adventure Park with family will keep you busy. If keen, you can even camp or book one of their “hostels” for a night in the mountains.

However the activities booking system (packaging) can be a bit confusing (booking via Klook). Pink, Yellow and Green bundles etc.

I would prefer Danasan Eco Adventure Park to promote a one-ticket-for-all-activities instead.

1.ATV for us

The mud and drizzle was a little letdown, but we proceeded anyway. The whole Danasan Eco Adventure Park compound is huge.

We rode the “countryside” and throttle to our delight.

The video above would capture more of our Fun 🙂

ATV Cebu
ATV Cebu

Many corners in Danasan for exploration. If not for the rain, we would be able to explore more activities.

2. Speedway (something like Gokart)

Anyway, the rain got bigger and the ground muddier. Since we were already wet and dirty, not much difference.

Kids opted for Gokart fun.

Gokart cebu
Gokart cebu

Do not run into the cute lambs !

Look at the puddles. The rain never stopped for the 3 hours we were there.   

Shower with a hose, so much mud to scrap off yucks. But kids were game and keen to explore more.

View from the top.

3. Skybike crazy and zip line

We had to zipline to the “start point” for the bicycle.
It was freezing cold to zip through the rain 🙂

Zipline Cebu
Zipline Cebu

Cycling in the sky (5 stories up) was a novelty for us. Skybike is also one of the most instagrammable activity for Danasan Eco Adventure Park.

Participants will get to cycle two laps.

skybike Cebu
Skybike Cebu

Our package came with a simple lunch. Chicken thigh tasted heavenly in the cold.

You may check out Klook’s promotion at this link.

More details about Danasan Eco Adventure Park can be found on their website ( danasanecoadventure@gmail.com ).

Danasan Eco Adventure Park with family
Danasan Eco Adventure Park with family

We are still working on the rest of the blog posts, meanwhile do drop your queries to andy@sengkangbabies.com

More photos are uploaded in our Fanpage albums :
Moalboal Panagsama stay
Whale shark at Oslob
Kawasan Falls
Half Day Cebu City Tour (and nice food Sugbo Mercado)
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
-Free & Easy SM Seaside

Cebu Blog posts:
* Cebu Family Itinerary
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Day 4 Free & Easy
Day 5 1/2 day Cebu city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

Do pop by our Instagram Hashtag #SengkangbabiesCebu  and Story for our summary.

Disclaimer : Our Danasan Eco adventure Park tour is sponsored by Klook. Private package is inclusive of van transfer from Cebu Hotel.