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Starting out from the Wanganui River this ride leaves Wanganui along Eastown Rd, past the site of the East Town Railway workshops. You quickly leave Wanganui and follow No3 Line up the Matarawa Valley to the small settlement of Okoia. The road follows the railway up the valley to Fordell. At Fordell, you turn left into Kauangaroa Rd and ride towards the Whangaehu Valley. The valley opens ahead of you as you descend the steep hill to the river flats.
After crossing the Whangaehu River, the road slowly climbs the valley, passing the Managmahu Rd and then turns right into Mangatipona Rd. The going gets steeper to climb over into the Turakina Valley. A steep descent to the bridge, joins the Turakina Valley Rd to follow the river down the valley and turn left into Makuhou Rd. Once again a long steady climb takes us up a valley and over a ridge to meet Tuteanui Rd, beside the Marton Reservoir. Turn right into Tuteanui Road and relax for the gentle downhill all the way to Marton.
There is accommodation in Marton varying from motels, to a camping ground and there are some very good farm stay cottages around the district. Holly Farm Cottage and Rangitikei Farmstay are recommended.
Wanganui to Marton backroads Tour at EveryTrail
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