Masterton - Taihape Exploration Route

Route Overview

General Overview
This route is a section of The Wairarapa Exploration Route. It is a day ride that makes up the section from Masterton to Taihape and includes some of the best public gravel roads in the area. These include Bartons Line, Finnis, Ridge, Peep O Day, Upper Pakihikura, and Watershed Roads.

This Exploration Route is best ridden in good weather as the views on a clear day are superb.
Start/Finish Point
This ride is an A to B ride. Starting at Masterton and ending at Taihape.
The GPX files are in this direction but It can be ridden in either direction.
Terrain includes
Awesome windy tarmac roads, great metal roads, fantastic scenery.
All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1 in dry conditions.
268 km.
Max Fuel Leg
80 km into the route you will reach Pahiatua where fuel is available.
120 km into the route you will reach Ashurst where fuel is available.
Ride Time
Average ride time is 5.25 hours at a steady pace allowing plenty of time to have a good look around some of the interesting places, including Paihatua.
We normally stay at this motel which provides basic and convenient accommodation at reasonable prices:

Taihape Motels.
Access Permission
All roads within this Exploration Route are publicly accessible so access permission is not required.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. While it is possible to ride this route all year round, if there has been recent heavy rain there can be slippery muddy sections.
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

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