Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail – PIPIRIKI TO UPOKONGARO
From Pipiriki, the Mountains to Sea cycle trail follows the remote Whanganui River Road. The road runs for 67km before connecting with State Highway 4, which heads to Whanganui, north of Upokongaro. The road is undulating and rough in places, with plenty of viewpoints over the river and valley. There is a significant hill climb towards the end but the payoff is a wonderful view back down the river.
The road passes through several historic small settlements, some with a local Māori name transliterating a major international city in English. Hiruharama (Jerusalem) is the best known, and is particularly interesting with its religious centre.