Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail – UPOKONGARO TO WHANGANUI
From Upokongaro it’s just 19km to the coast and Whanganui river mouth along the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail. You start by crossing to the west side of the river on a purpose-built cycle bridge just to the south of Upokongaro. From there, the route is sometimes purpose-built track and sometimes on the road, and mainly follows the riverbank to and through Whanganui to North Mole. This marks the official end of the track.
There are plenty of distractions along the way, especially as you reach the city – Whanganui is a fabulous place to visit in its own right and easy to cycle around.
Unfortunately, North Mole is at the end of an older industrial section of Whanganui, and it’s several kms to ride back to the town centre. But it is pretty at sunset, and Castlecliff Beach is immediately to the northwest. This is a remarkable and wild beach, strewn with driftwood and pumice.