Distance : 36kms
Grade : 3
Average Time : 4-6 hours [plus a 1 hour jetboat transfer]
Start : Ruatiti [or Whakahoro]
Finish : Pipiriki
Beginning with a sturdy uphill climb to the Mangapurua Trig, the trail then descends steadily through the Whanganui National Park Forest, along sheer bluffs, through regenerating native forest and finally ends on the banks of the Whanganui river, just past the historic Bridge to Nowhere for a jet boat ride back to civilisation.
An alternative starting point is from Whakahoro along the Kaiwhakauka track, a grade 4 ride along a trail with many patches of relatively undisturbed native forest. The Kaiwhakauka track meets up with the Mangapurua Track at the Mangapurua Trig then follows the same route to the landing to meet the pre-arranged boat transfer to Pipiriki.
Ride via Ruatiti Valley or the Kaiwhakauka and along the Mangapurua to the historic valley and “Bridge to Nowhere”. The iconic pathway connects more sections of the Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono
Check your seasons as the Mangapurua maybe closed during the Winter and after weather events – we advise to check the official track status updates HERE