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.
Want to Mountain Bike in the Ruahines?

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 ..........

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  • Manawatu Cycleway on The Country Road                  The New Zealand Cycle Trail in the Manawatu Region is an on-road trail from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City. Named the Manawatu Cycleway on The Country Road, this 126km ride takes you through the heart of rural Manawatu into the urban centre of Palmerston North City. More info at the links above.EveryTrail Map http://www.everytrail.com/guide/manawatu-cycleway-on-the-country-road
    Posted 4 Jul 2015, 16:58 by Bill Russell
  • NZ Trail Fund Trail Fund NZ is a not-for-profit project supporting the development and maintenance of publicly accessible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain-bike accessible trails in New Zealand. You can assist the development of some wicked mountain-bike trails, but donating or purchasing great looking clothing at NZ Trail Fund
    Posted 16 May 2013, 03:25 by Bill Russell
  • Rangitikei Cycle Trails Bike Rangitikei have developed a wonderful cycle trail down the Rangitikei River Valley.  Well worth the time to explore this beautiful region. More at Rangitikei.com
    Posted 16 May 2013, 03:26 by Bill Russell
  • Manawatu Gorge Trail DOC, and the Manawatu Gorge Project Partners (Horizons, PNCC, MDC, TDC, NZTA, OnTrack, Rangitaane Iwi) have collaborated with the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club to investigate mountain bike trails in the Manawatu Scenic Reserve.  A 25km trail from the Gorge Car Park near Ashhurst to Gorge Road near Woodville has been mapped and is in the process of being assessed for feasibility, sustainability, ecological and cultural aspects. You can contribute towards this project by registering your support and views in the MMBC survey.
    Posted 16 May 2013, 03:18 by Bill Russell
  • New Zealand Cycle Trail Submissions for Phase 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Trail closed on Dec 18th. There were 7 exciting trails in the local region put forward for funding. These ranged from multi-day, touring sections that combined to form 750 km of cycle trails, covering the Ruapehu, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Tararua regions; to mountain bike trails in the Tararua and Ruahine ranges.The Ministry of Tourism received 53 submissions in total and will announce those proposals that will move to the next stage of evaluation in February 2010.The trails that have been submitted  in the Manawatu (Horizons) region are as follows.Wild Rover - 220km from Wanganui to Woodville, proposed by Destination Manawatu.Tararua Elements - 271km from Woodville to Masterton ...
    Posted 1 Jan 2010, 01:53 by Bill Russell
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