The 42 Traverse is a one-way 46 km multi-use track through the Tongariro Forest Conservation Area.
It presents challenging terrain through fantastic native forest and the awesome Canyon valley, with superb views back to the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
The route, an old logging road that gets its name from the original 'State Forest 42', is popular for a range of outdoor recreation activities: mountain biking, quad and trail biking, four wheel driving (summer only), horse riding, fishing, hunting and hiking.
About 16 km along SH47 from National Park Village, turn into Kapoors Road. Follow this for about 6 km to the start of the track at the road end.
Four wheel driving
The track is open to 4WD vehicles each year in the summer from 1 December – 30 April. 4WD vehicles are not permitted from 1 May – 30 November. Vehicles are not permitted off the 42 Traverse route.
It is a rough 4WD track – always take recovery gear with you.
Take care following rainfall as stream levels rise quickly. Only cross waterways after checking they are safe.
Know before you go
The 42 Traverse has a variety of users - share the track with care and consideration.