Whanganui - New Plymouth Exploration Route

Route Overview

General Overview
This route is a section of The Whanganui - Taranaki Exploration Route. It is a day ride that makes up the section from Whanganui to New Plymouth, and includes some of the best public gravel roads in the area. These include Kauarapaoa, Rangitatau East, Tiromoana, Makuri, Maata, and Stanley 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 Whanganui and ending at New Plymouth.
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 and 2 in dry conditions.
273 km.
Max Fuel Leg
119 km into the route you will reach Waverley where fuel is available.
164 km into the route you will reach Hawera 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 Kai Iwi Beach.
We normally stay at this motel which provides basic and convenient accommodation at reasonable prices: Also great Internet.
Saddle And Sulky Motel.
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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