Ohakune Old Coach Road
PHOTO: Katie Millen ©

Introduction

Take a trip back into New Zealand's rail heritage while you walk or cycle an old coach road. The road was used to carry passengers and goods between two railheads on the North Island main trunk link before they were linked in 1908.

Highlights

The Ohakune Old Coach Road formed an integral link between the two rail heads between 1906 and 1908, allowing through journeys by horse and coach before the rail was completed. The Hapuawhenua Viaduct was one of the final components of the North Island main trunk railway.

Heritage features on the trail include a unique cobbled road, massive steel viaducts, a curved tunnel, railway bridge remains, and old campsites.

The journey also takes visitors through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district.

Track overview

15 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 hr 30 min walk Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

2 hr 20 min Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

No dogs

Contacts

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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