42 Traverse
Image: Aaron K Hall | Creative Commons



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.

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
Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


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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