If you enjoy Mountain Biking or cycling on Back Country routes, that have a bit of gravel and mud thrown in, then you have come to the right place.
This site has a collection of Back Country trails, Mountain bike trails and Back Country Tours that allow you to experience the best riding and scenery around the Lower North Island of New Zealand, including Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Tararua, Wairarapa and Horowhenua.
Each ride shown in the drop down menus, have maps from EveryTrail.com. Rides include notes to help you navigate and find points of interest along the way.The default map is a terrain map to give you an idea of the contour of each ride.
If you click the link above the maps you will be taken to EveryTrail.com where the maps can be viewed at a larger scale. If I have ridden the trail with a GPS then there should be an elevation profile and perhaps some more photos of the ride. If you are a bit geeky, you can also download a Google Earth file or a GPX file to use with your GPS. To use the kml files you will need to have Google Earth installed on your PC. Click to download Google Earth - its free and a great tool to visualise what sort of terrain you will be riding through.
DOC have developed a trial permit scheme to allow mountain biking on specified tracks. The Ruahine Forest Park Conservation Management Plan generally does not allow for vehicles to be used in the park. This permit scheme is a trial to see if certain tracks would be worthwhile upgrading to allow Mountain Bikes. More ..........