Storm Event - Please see below corrospondence regarding track conditions:


The track has sustained damage throughout and is closed until further notice.  The aim is to have the track re-open for Easter.  DOC have a team of staff currently working to reopen the track using a digger between the Trig and Bartrums.  Between Bartrums and the Bridge to Nowhere staff will be using hand tools to re-bench the track.  If we do not achieve an Easter re-open we will notify operators and interested parties.  Safety signage has been erected on the track as required.  Warnings are in place on our website.    


The Kaiwhakauka track remains closed until further notice.  This track has sustained significant damage with 15 slips and 2 lost bridges.  Dan Steele is currently working on sections of the track.  DOC’s current focus is on the Mangapurua and Whanganui Journey.  Plans for upgrading the Kaiwhakauka remain in the pipeline but will require further assessment.   

Whanganui Journey

DOC jetboat operator has identified significant new hazards on the river from debris (logs and slips).  We would like to highlight this new hazard to all river users and operators.   DOC have a team of staff working on access ways for huts and campsites.  Visitors are currently using the facilities.  DOC website will be reviewed and updated as conditions change.   

Te Maire

The loop track is currently closed due to the access swing bridge being washed away in the flood.  Assessment will be made when resources allow.  Warnings are on the website as required.   

Matemateaonga DOC have yet to carry out an assessment and will do so when resources 

From the flanks of Mt Ruapehu to the coastal shores of Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is a route encompassing majestic mountains, stunning native forest, and the spiritual, cultural and historical highlights of the Whanganui River.

Part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail traverses the alpine majesty of Mt Ruapehu, historic coach road and bridle trails, tranquil indigenous forest via two National Parks, the legendary Bridge to Nowhere, a jet boat transport option for the Whanganui River link to Pipiriki, and a country road trail abundant with history and culture alongside the Whanganui River from Pipiriki to the Tasman Sea at Whanganui.

Have you ridden the Trail?  We would love you to participate in a 5 minute survey.  New Zealand Cycle Trail are keen to ensure our cycle trails give you the best experience possible and would love your feedback from your recent ride.  

The survey can be found here and participants must select Mountains to Sea.




"A fantastic mountain bike adventure from the central plateau volcanoes, across massive viaducts and the Bridge to Nowhere and down through Whanganui National Park to the Tasman Sea." (Kennett Brothers)