The 42 Traverse is one of the premier MTB rides in the North Island. Renowned for the long and often rutted down hills, to test even the most ardent Kamikaze MTB freak. The track surface varies from gravel to mush, some stream crossings and the inevitable uphills. The scenery is outstanding from wide vistas of all three volcanoes to lush unspoiled bush.The ride takes from 4 to 7 hours – people averaging in our experience 5.5 hours – from Kapoors Rd on Highway 47 to Owhango, with several river crossings, taking in regenerating forest, the awesome Canyon valley and finishing with a fantastic downhill.
Riders should equip themselves with appropriate clothing and equipment, spare brake pads, map & compass and food and drink.
This relatively unknown downhill track is an accelerating 10 km decent off the side of the Volcanic Plateau, dropping from 840 metres to 500 metres, adrenaline rush is in your hands. The surface is mixed but does have a fair proportion of grass.
Howard’s Lodge runs a Transport Service to the start and the finish of the 42 Traverse and Fishers Track.
42 Traverse – $35pp
Fishers Track – $35pp
John McDonal Loop | 4-6 hours | Tongariro Forest | Grade 5 | 40km
Owhango Loop | 2-4 hours | Owhango | Grade 4 | 33km
The Pines | 1-3 hours | National Park | Grade 2 | 30km
Mangapurau Trig | 3-5 hours | Ruatiti (30km from National Park) | Grade 3 | 22km
Tree Trunk Gorge | 2-4 hours | 20km souht of Turangi | Grade 3 | 17km
Howard’s Lodge is the ultimate start for all outdoor adventure in Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Skifields and Whanganui National Park.
The lodge offers a broad variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to ensuite rooms. Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the 42 Traverse Mountain bike track, Rental of ski equipment, tramping boots and walkingpoles and mountain bikes.
National Park Village is located at the intersection of State Highway No. 4 and State Highway No. 47 on the volcanic Plateau.
Howard’s Lodge is ideally positioned, close to Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa and Turoa Skifields and the Whanganui National Park in the Central North Island.