King Country Exploration Route - Leg 1

Leg 1 - Details

SH43 leaving Taumarunui.
Roto Road.
Huia Road.
Waitaanga Road.
Kiwi Road
Kiwi Road.
Kiwi Road.
Kiwi Road.
Kiwi Road Tunnel.
Kiwi Road Tunnel.
Moki Tunnel.
Moki Road.
Uruti Road.
Uruti Tunnel.
Lots of used vehicles in this area. Kohangamoa Road.
Mikes Beer and Cafe.
SH3  Mount Messenger.
The Three Sisters.
Whitebait Inn Mokau.
Mokau river outlet.
Photo 23 of King Country Explorer #1

Leg 1 - Overview

Leg Overview
King Country has some of the North Island's wildest, stunningly beautiful, and most unspoilt terrain. This leg will highlight Ohura, Kiwi Road and tunnel, Moki and Uruti tunnels, Mount Messenger, The Three Sisters and Elephant rock at Tongaporutu. (16 km south of Mokau.)
Leg 1 departs Taumarunui and follows the Whanganui river for 30 kms. It's then onto the metal on Roto Road, following the Ohura river through to Ohura.
A town once known for its coal mining, its inhabitants number 150, down from around 650 during its mining heyday. But the last mine closed in the 1970s and Ohura now is marked by empty streets and shops, with just a few people choosing to make the town their home.
It's then metal through Waitaanga Road, with a maximum elevation of 535m. Then onto the infamous Kiwi Road. A narrow, tight, winding road through native bush with drop offs to the side. Slippery when wet! There is a tunnel at the top of the hill. Through farmland, and then the Moki Road tunnel. Then the Uruti or Kaka Road tunnel, that was constructed between 1916 and 1923, and it links the two roads through a steep ridge. It is sometimes also known locally as the Tangitu tunnel after the stream below.  Great views on Kaka Rd, and out to SH3 with tarmac up the coast to Mokau, the end of leg 1.
Terrain Overview
The terrain is a mixture of tarmac, grade 1 gravel and grade 2 gravel. It will chop and change between the three terrains a number of times throughout the route.
Leg Distance
190 km.
Ride Time
Conservative seat riding time is 3 hours and 45 minutes however this will vary depending on your riding style.
Forced Detours
There is a possibility for slips on Kiwi Road.
In this case, the detour would be Okau Road to SH3. SH3 to Uruti Road, Uruti and Kaka Road.
Route Cautions
General tarmac cautions exist such as tourist traffic and blind corners. General gravel road cautions exist such as off-camber corners, rain ruts, uneven gravel, blind corners and the presence of loose stock.

Leg 1 - Start Point

Fuel Stations
This route departs from the BP Fuel Station in Taumarunui.
Food Supplies
Taumarunui has a number of food and drink supply options from bakeries to supermarkets.
Cafes / Restaurants
Taumarunui has a number of cafe dining options if you choose to have a meal before you set off. They are mainly in the main street. It is best to check opening times if you plan on setting off early however as cafe opening times can fluctuate based on the seasons.

Leg 1 - Enroute

Fuel Stations
Food Supplies
Cafes / Restaurants
140 km into the Leg you will reach Urenui where there is a cafe named Mikes Beer and Cafe on the main highway.
"Mikes Beer and Cafe". Ph 06 752 3676 ext.1
487 Mokau Road
RD44, Urenui.
Only until end April 2019, when it moves to New Plymouth.
The route takes you through a number of great locations offering excellent riding and views as described.

Leg 1 - End Point

Fuel Stations
6 km into Leg 2 you can fuel up at Waitomo Fuel Station in Awakino. This fuel station is a 24/7 self service station. Ph 0800 922 123
Food Supplies
Whitebait Inn for some basic items.
Cafes / Restaurants
The cafes at Mokau have to close at 6.30 as the township is designated SH3. 
"The Whitebait Inn". Ph 06-752 9713.
55 State Highway 3.

'Mokau River Run Cafe". Ph 06-752 9729.
30 North St, Mokau.

"The Awakino Hotel". Ph 06-752 9815
4650 State Highway 3, Awakino.
5 km away. The hotel has new owners and now gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.
If staying after leg 1, options are:
Mokau Motel. Ph 06-752 9725.
53 Main Rd, Mokau 4350
We have stayed at the motel and it is recommended.

Seaview Holiday Park. Ph 06-752 9708.
State Highway 3, Awakino

Awakino hotel. Ph 06-752 9815.

Legs in this Exploration Route

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Leg 1 (23 photos)
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Leg 2 (11 photos)

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