North Taranaki Explorer - 4 Days

We collect your group from anywhere in the North Island (Auckland and South) and make our way to the King Country and ride across to Taranaki around in a loop, back to the start.

This itinerary is an exploratory cycle tour.  It takes in the Forgotten World Highway and backroads to the Taranaki Coast the Back through to the King Country.

This Itinerary is set for three days and includes a mixture of sealed and gravel roads. We only graze civilisation, so will be fully self-sufficient during the tour.


This trip uncovers the Forgotten World Highway. Explore the gorges and hills of central New Zealand and emerge onto the tops as we wind our way across to the West Coast before returning via Mt Damper Falls to our start point in Ohura.

Tremendous riding with lots of spectacular scenery.

North Taranak Loop Highlights

  • Cycle the Forgotten World Highway
  • Stay at Whangamomona
  • West Coast Sunsets
  • Mt Damper Falls
  • Beautiful back country roads


Day 1
Travel to Start

We will colect your group from anywhere between Wellington and Auckland in the North Island and transport you to Taumaranui, where we spend the night before starting the ride.

Day 2
60km Ohura (Mangapara Road) - Whangamomona

Ohura to Whangamomona is a quiet road, through rolling countryside. You will ride approximately 60km on a variety of surfaces and stay the night at the famous Whangamomona Hotel

Day 3
64 km Whangamomona - Waitara

We leave Whanhgamomona and ride across the saddles toward Stratford, but take a sneaky right turn onto Junction Road and enjoy some hilly sections through to Waitara and the Taranaki Coast.

Day 4
60-80km Waitara - Ohura

We shuttle to th start of the Ohura Road, rather than cycling on the State Highway.

Oour road takes us from the West Coast back into the central North Island on quiet country Roads. A 20km (return distance) diversion takes us to our lunch spot at Damper Falls.
We ride out and return for an evening in Taumaranui, or another location depending where you started.

Price Includes

  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 4 nights of Motel style accommodation
  • Return transport from any North Island location between Wellington and Auckland.

Price excludes

  • Bike hire

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the trip start

This trip starts at your place, we will collect you from anywhere (Auckland or South) in the North Island. We then drive to Ohura – A tiny town in the King Country where we start riding.

How adventurous do riders need to be?

You need to be up for a good time and some challenging riding. It is not technically difficult, but it is quite remote and we know there are some hills along the way!

You will be fully supported by a van with trailer that has a kitchen and bathroom on board!

Does this itinerary involve mountainbiking?

No. We will be on backroads and gravel. It is safe and low traffic volume.

What if it rains?

Your rain coat will protect you 🙂

Trip Facts

  • from $795
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