King Country Explorer #2

Route Overview

General Overview
The King Country Exploration Route #2 is a two day ride that includes some of the best public gravel roads in the area. The route leads you through some of the North Island's wildest, stunningly beautiful, and most unspoilt terrain.

While the route has to include some tarmac to link everything up, the majority of this route is made up of gravel roads that are great fun to ride. If you are looking for a two day relaxed ride departing from Taumarunui, and a overnight stop at Mokau or Awakino, then this Exploration Route is a perfect option.

This Exploration Route is best ridden in good weather as the views on a clear day are outstanding.
Start/Finish Point
While this Exploration Route can be started at any point along the route, the natural start/finish point is Taumarunui. At this location there is a fuel station to fuel up for the day. The GPX files and route information supplied for this Exploration Route start and finish at Taumarunui.
Terrain includes
This route aims to have as many gravel roads as possible and while there are still a reasonable number of tarmac stretches, the volume of gravel roads will please any gravel seeking rider. All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1 and Grade 2.
Ride Time
Conservative seat riding time is 3 hours and 45 minutes on Leg 1 plus 4 hours and 30 minutes on Leg 2. However, this time will vary depending on your riding style. There are a number of spots to stop and look around, so to get the most out of the route, ideally allow a full day to give you plenty of time without rushing.
There is the option for staying at Mokau. Here there is a motel and campsite.
Or there is accommodation available at Awakino. This is comprehensively detailed in Leg 1.
Access Permission
No permission is needed for this route, all the tarmac and gravel roads are legally accessible to the public.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. If there has been recent heavy rain then a few days should be waited before setting off. Ideally you'll want to ride this route when the visibility is good as the views are outstanding on a clear blue sky day.
Preparation and Safety
While this is not considered a technical route it does include a few semi-remote areas so it is recommended to ride this as a group with typical adventure riding equipment including bike tools, spares and a PLB or emergency beacon.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Leg 1 <span>(19 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (19 photos)
Leg 2 <span>(21 photos)</span>
Leg 2 (21 photos)