Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu


Kaiwhakauka and Mangapurua share fascinating and sorrowful WWI settler history, with the iconic Bridge to Nowhere a fitting finale to the story.

The Kaiwhakauka trail boasts lush bush, hidden creeks, farmland, and relics of the bygone era. This trail is best suited for the true back-country rider who are experienced, well-equipped, and aren't afraid of sweat and mud. 

The trail starts at the iconic  Blue Duck Station at Whakahoro, and has one of the highest concentrations of whio and kiwi in New Zealand not to mention wetas, native bats and fish. They are a working sheep and beef farm, that offers great food and lodging to those that are looking for a place to recharge before heading out on the Kaiwhakauka trail, be sure to book before you go!


  • Blue Duck Station with native Whio, Kiwi and other natives
  • Remote, rural valley packed with history
  • View-filled climb
  • Secret waterfalls
  • Old-fashioned farm heritage
  • Link to Mangapurua Track


  • All shuttle and jet boat transfers must be booked in advance

  • Be sure to check the weather forecast, and pick a fine day to ride if at all possible. Check with the team at Blue Duck Station or visit the Trail Status page for any trail cautions/alerts.

Be sure to check out the Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono website for trail updates, details and trail maps.

The Mangapurua Track is another exhilarating connected pathway of Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono