42 Traverse

Image: Aaron K Hall | ©


The 42 Traverse is a 46 km multi-use track through the Tongariro Forest Conservation Area. It is one of the best challenging mountain biking tracks in the North Island.

Track overview

46 km one way

Mountain biking

4–7 hr Intermediate: Grade 3

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Seasonal restrictions

4WD vehicles are not permitted from 1 May – 30 November.

The T42 mountain biking, running and walking event is held annually in early May.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only

About this track


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.

Getting there

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.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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