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The Forgotten World Highway was one of the best...road rides that I have ever done and this is not an overstatement as I have travelled to many far-flung destinations around the world to ride a bike – including Mongolia, China, USA, Taiwan, South East Asia, to name a few” 

Daniel Carruthers

 

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An inspiring six day adventure that encompasses the North Island’s rural scenery and lost world. Ventouro's unique trip through the Forgotten Highway an onto the Hawkes Bay Vineyards sprawling across the Gimblett Gravels where your tastes buds will be as enlightened as your legs have been on the journey there.

A journey that follows the early pioneers along the Forgotten Highway, past the once bustling Republic of Whangamomona and other trading posts that are now virtual ghost towns.  We cross the expansive Central Plateau, under the watchful eye of Mount Ruapehu as we descend on the Gumboot capital of the world. Our last leg the ‘Gentle Annie’ takes it’s name from the steep descent from the Central Plateau to the Kaweka Forest, before opening onto glorious fields of vineyards flanked by the hills and tipping into the Atlantic Ocean.  Our final stop and a hidden retreat in the golden Tuki Tuki Valley.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Forgotten Highway
  • Central Plateau
  • Mt Ruapehu
  • Wineries and Vineyards

 Details of the trip

  • $4490 per person
  • 560km (9000m Elevation)
  • Rides between 50 to 145km
  • Massage after long rides
  • Max group size of 12 
  • Vehicle support
  • Guided rides
  • Wine tastings
  • Couples or shared rooms
  • Single supplement $600
  • Airport transfers
  • All food included
  • Sports nutrition
  • Daily laundry
  • Ventouro goodie bag 
  • Bike hire is available

Arrival 

New Plymouth – King and Queen Hotel

Day 1

Taranaki Costal Ride
Distance 60km, Elevation 855m
An easy roll though the lush dairy country of the region at the foot of Mt Taranaki, before returning along the cliff top coastline that is NZ’s surf highway.
Lodging: King and Queen Hotel

Day 2

Inglewood to Whangamomona
Distance 90km, Elevation 1013m (*70km, 55km)
A journey that follows the early pioneers along the Forgotten Highway, past the once bustling Republic of Whangamomona and other trading posts that are now virtual ghost towns.
Lodging: Whangamomona Hotel

Day 3

Whangamomona to Owhango
Distance 110km, Elevation 2304m (*75km, 50km)
Exiting the Forgotten Highway we take in stretches of gravel road, signs of the time for this once busy stretch to many traders.  The views from the top of the short climbs will make it all worth the effort along with the post ride refreshments on our short transfer to Ohakune.
Lodging: Powderhorn Chateau 

Day 4

Ohakune to Taihape
Distance 105km, Elevation 2063m (*75km)
A chance to climb New Zealand’s highest road for those wanting more of a challenge, or take a sleep in if legs are feeling it, and take in the gentle ride across the flats to Taihape.
Lodging: High Country Station Farm Stay

Day 5

Taihape to Havelock North
Distance 145km, Elevation 2319m  *(75km)
Our last leg the ‘Gentle Annie’ takes it’s name from the steep descent from the Central Plateau to the Kaweka Forest, before opening onto glorious fields of vineyards flanked by the hills and tipping into the Atlantic Ocean.
Lodging: Black Barn Retreats 

Day 6

Tour of the Bay
Distance 50km, Elevation 446m
Time to explore the Hawkes Bay and it’s famous underlying gravel soils that produce some of New Zealand most exceptional wines.  The extensive limestone trail network will serve as well as we traverse the region.

Total Distance 560km, Elevation 9000m
*Easy and moderate options are 370km, 440km