Last Updated: 24th Apr 2024

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Old Coach Road Ohakune - return trip

Ohakune, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Last Updated: 24th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 24 ?

Gnarl Factor: 30 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.3%


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Note this is for running from Marshalls road, to the end of the trail (start of 4WD track) at Horopito end, this can also be run in one direction with transport.
From carpark cross the bridge.
First few kms is up the old coach road, grass/stones, wide open area.
At the top follow sign and turn R) for some easy single trail ascent, coming down the other side to the first viaduct. Either take the very worthwhile detour to the viaduct or turn L) to head on single trail.
Trail opens back to grass land before running onto compacted gravel to finish the ascent.
At the end of the compacted trail, (high point of trail) turns back into cobblestone road i.e rocks, mud, and roots but still wide.
The trail will then venture back into the forest and the single trail, descending to a bridge to cross the river.
At the top of the climb there is the next viaduct.
Trail is then undulating, with a train track crossing (careful trains) and continues undulating before dropping down to a bridge with a sharp uphill to the stile.
The stile marks the end of the single trail and the start of the 4WD out to Horopito.
Either turn around and return to start, or if you have organised transport, continue out for the last couple of kms to Horopito.

You can see the old viaducts as well as the current train track on the run.

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Parking is available. This is a remote area out of town, ensure car is locked/secured

3 km

6 minutes




Is well signposted and trail is easy to follow


Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

There are a couple of streams that can be accessed if required, but carry your own.

Is at altitude so in winter can snow (high point 761 metres next to Mt Ruapehu) and generally wet in the winter.
The snow will not normally be thick at this level and will often not settle.

Take care for Mountain Bikers, this is a shared track

Mangawhero Terrace, Ohakune
Great place for a beer and some good pub food

Cyprus Tree
77 Clyde Street, Ohakune
Great for food and excellent for taking the kids to, has a dedicated play/toy area.

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Trail Reviews

Horopito return. Great run!

Jeffrey Smith

November 15, 2021

Awesome run. Very historic and lots of variety in the run. A great return run with some challenging hills. Beware the trains.

Karl Zimmerman

June 16, 2021

A great walk/run when the mountain is closed or the weather isn't so great. Mostly really sheltered. We didn't quite make it to Marshall rd before we turned back and stlll got 23km so a great day out.

Jayne Tankersley

September 28, 2020

For a Solo Woman its a very safe run. Trial is well maintained and its just beautiful.

Laurika Hazelhurst

August 24, 2020

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