The Ruahine Forest Park Conservation Management Plan currently prohibits mountain biking in the park, except on four designated tracks.  The CMS is soon to be reviewed. As land manager's DOC are keen to have more people use the park and if some tracks could be suitable for mountain biking, then the plan may be modified and some tracks improved to better suit mountain bikes.

DOC need feedback on which tracks would be worthwhile improving.  To do this, a permit scheme is being trialled to allow individuals to cycle designated tracks in the park.  As this is a trial phase we are asking you to complete a survey after your ride, to help inform future development of mountain biking in the forest park. We will send a reminder email with a link to the survey.

How do I get a Permit?
Just click the DOC logo to the right and fill out the form. >>>>>>>>>
Permits allow the key applicant and 3 others to cycle the designated trail on the dates on the permit.  The permit will be in the form of a confirmation email and is only valid for the dates applied for. If you don't receive the email, please check your spam or junk mail folders. Please respect others, respect the rules, respect the track and respect public easements.  Details of  your obligations will be emailed to you with the permit. 

Ruahine DOC Tracks - Mountain Bike Trial

1. Kahikatea walk
The track is located in the Pohangina Valley about 40 minutes drive from Palmerston North. From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road. You will go past the Highland Youth Camp on your right and Pohangina Valley East Road veers off to the right. Stay on this road and the track is located on your left approximately 1 km past Arbon's Road.
As the name of the walk suggests, mature kahikatea are the star in this reserve.
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here

2. Deerford Track and Oroua to Heritage lodge
Turn right onto Apiti Road just past the village of Kimbolton. This becomes Oroua Valley Road before Apiti. Table Flat Road turns off to the right past Apiti. Follow this until you see the signpost for Limestone Road (veers to the right near the end of Table Flat Road). Wind along Limestone Road till you get to the DOC carpark at the end.
Follow the sign to the Deerford Loop Track until you get to the second crossing of the creek. This is where the campsite is located. It is approximately an hour's easy walk from the carpark to the campsite.
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here

3. Oroua Coal Creek campsite and Limestone Rd
Drive north of the Apiti village in the Manawatu. Turn east onto Table Flat Road, and then right onto Limestone Road.  Drive to the carpark at the end of Limestone Road, and you will find a track.
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here




4. Tamaki road end to Stanfield hut
Access is via Tamaki West Rd. 
From State Highway 2 south of Dannevirke, turn into Laws Rd. Turn right onto Top Grass Road, then turn left onto Tamaki West Road and follow this until you reach the carpark at the Ruahine Forest Park Boundary.
At the road end take the steep climb up to Holmes Ridge and then ride the grassy 4WD track until it reaches the river.  Stanfield Hut is a further 20 mins walk upstream.
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here


5. Coppermine track
Coppermine Road is located 10 km from Woodville. Woodville is 85 km from Napier on State Highway 2. Travel north east from Woodville along Pinfold Road for 9 km, then turn left into Coppermine Road.
This is a pleasant popular walk through lowland forest to an area where copper was mined. Try the Coppermine Loop Track if you are keen
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here





6. Bruce Park Reserve
This last one is not quite in the Ruahines, but in heartland Rangitikei.
From Bulls, continue north on State Highway 1 for about 30 km (or approximately 5 km south of Hunterville) and turn down Aldworth Road. Near the corner of State Highway 1 and Aldworth Road is a farm gate. Park here and cross the two stiles to follow the gravel track leading into the bush.
Google Map Directions here
DOC information here