Gravel, Sand and Sealed
The hills are left behind on this route, which takes you along vast Rangitikei plains out to the sea.
Distance: 55 km
Elevation: 47m – 152m
Time: 3 hours
Surfaced: Sealed & Unsealed (sand, if riding between Tangimoana & Himatangi Beach)
The hills are left behind on this route, which takes you along vast Rangitikei plains out to the sea. A detour into Bulls can be taken , which is worth the visit for coffee lovers. Himatangi boasts an award winning holiday park, and a popular fish n' chip shop. Plan ahead for this ride so you can check the tide-times, allowing you to ride on the beach.
NOTE: CONTAINS SOME UNSEALED ROADS
Starting in Marton, head south on Wellington Road before turning left onto Markiriki Road, which brings you onto SH1.
Here, turn right, then take the next left onto Kakariki Road. The trail follows Kakariki Road in an easterly direction as it drops down the terraces to the Rangitkei River, and then becomes Mingaroa Road on the left. The road then ascends, and becomes Wilson Road.
Take a right turn into Hurst Road (gravel road). At the top of Hurst Road, the trail turns left and heads south along Wightman Road until it reaches SH1. A detour can be made tot the shops and cafes in Bulls, which is the last town on the cycle way before Himatangi.
Cross SH1 carefully, then continue along Tangimoana Road. This will become McDonell Road, before coming back onto Tangimoana Road again.
Follow this all the way to Tangimoana Beach, where there is a camping ground with small cabins to rent.
The trail turns left onto Tangimoana Beach Road and then right at the sign tot he boat launching ramp.
The first left turn leads onto a sandy track to the beac. The trail heads south for 8km along the beach to the town of Himatangi. The sand can be soft, so the best tie to ride is within 2 hours each side of low tide - so plan ahead.
Important: Please ensure you review the tide tables online here.
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
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