The road was used to carry passengers and goods between two railheads on the North Island main trunk link before they were linked in 1908. It is an easy 15km one way walk that will take around 5 hrs if you allow time for lunch. The journey will take you through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district and not to forget a walk on the wild side across the old viaduct bridge above the lush bush below. The Ohakune Old Coach Road can be walked/ biked from either Horopito or Ohakune, but because Horopito is about 500 feet higher than Ohakune it is easier to walk downhill from Horopito. A number of operators in the region will be able to drop you in Horopito if you wish.
Old Coach Road is part of Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono