Happy times on the grade 3 (intermediate) Mangapurua Track, however, are heavily weather dependent. The weather is particularly changeable around Tongariro National Park. While some sections of trail pass through settlements where food and water is available, some traverse remote country with no supplies. A day or so in Whanganui is a great way to bookend your journey. Beyond the trail’s highpoint at Mangapurua Trig begins a history rich journey through the Mangapurua Valley to reach the Bridge to Nowhere. The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail passes through the towns of Ohakune, National Park village and Whanganui where there is a range of accommodation. This is remote backcountry, with atmospheric and pretty scenery providing just rewards for the effort. Here you will need to take 3 ferry rides to island hop to reach the end of the trail. Highlights include pretty scenery along the Manganui-o-te-ao River, and Ruatiti Domain lying on the riverside where there are campsites and picnic areas. To that end, the Division has dedicated considerable financial and staff resources to the planning and coordination of the entire trail. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is completely committed to developing the MST as a continuous, off-road trail across the state. The Mountains to Sea starts at Turoa skifield, 1700m above sea level on the slopes of volcanic Mt Ruapehu. Segment 12 of North Carolina's 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses one of the most productive agricultural areas in North Carolina. 67km, Grade 3/intermediate, 7–8 hours. The Fishers Track, which starts in National Park village, is a classic downhill track that makes a fabulous bonus, 2–3 hour (27km) ride but also links to the Kaiwhakauka Track. Farther south in North Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches across a diverse landscape in literally connecting the mountains to the Atlantic If your organization or governmental agency is interested in learning about the opportunities to sponsor a section of the MST, please contact State Trails Planner Smith Raynor at smith.raynor@ncparks.gov. In the Asheville area, this backcountry hiking trail (white blaze) roughly follows with Blue Ridge Parkway. Each of the section sponsors may also have ways for you to volunteer on the trail. Completing the full trail enjoyably requires good planning, favourable weather, reasonable fitness and off-road cycling skills. The final stretch of the Mountains to Sea is predominantly a beach walk along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The other two sections are the Fishers and Kaiwhakauka Tracks – two more challenging mountain biking rides happily linking in to a multi-day Mountains to Sea journey starting at National Park Village. The 30.1 mile Art Loeb Trail is one of the longer and more difficult trails in the state, and it's also one of the more popular. The 113-mile route meanders from one island to the next. Read more about the Ruatiti & Middle Roads. The gently undulating road requires a fair bit of climbing, but riders are rewarded with elevated views of the Whanganui River, along with a series of fascinating Māori and European heritage sites such as the church and convent at Hiruhārama (Jerusalem), the restored Kawana Flour Mill, Matahiwi Gallery & Café, and the colourful Koriniti marae. This map has been divided into the Mountain, Piedmont and Coastal regions for more detail below. This totally awesome section of the Mountains to Sea follows an historic byway through Tongariro National Park forest and farmland, with many epic lookouts over the volcanic plateau. 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