If you’re a confident on-road rider, you can mix the Hūnua Traverse with open road riding and create a series of loop rides that begin and end in Clevedon.
WARNING: Open-road loops are suited to experienced riders only
Hūnua Traverse – Ness Valley loop
28km, 630m elevation
From Clevedon, you can turn the northern-most section of the Hūnua Traverse into a 28km loop by connecting via Ness Valley.
This route can be ridden in either direction, but we reckon it’s hard to beat the descent into Clevedon via Otau Mountain Road. The cold beers and hot chips waiting at Hallertau Clevedon are a sweet reward.
This route is suited to experienced riders only
Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd is a high traffic environment with traffic speeds of 80km/hr and very narrow road shoulders. Otau Mountain Road is used by logging trucks during weekdays. We recommend this route on weekends an public holidays only.
Watch Janet Stark’s Moumoukai Hill Road climb
Hūnua Traverse – Hūnua Village loop
50km, 1150m elevation
From Clevedon, you can turn the northern-most section of the Hūnua Traverse into a 50km loop by exiting the Regional Park at Moumoukai Road and returning to Clevedon on open roads. Note – you can add in the Valley Loop ride (access from A R A Road) for an additional 7km and 185m elevation.
Tour de Ranges loop
90km, 1650 elevation
Use the Hūnua Traverse as the first half of the infamous Tour de Ranges loop, returning along the stunning coastal roads of the Seabird Coast and Kawakawa Bay. This route can be cycled in either direction – we prefer taking on the hills of the Hūnua Traverse while our legs are fresh, but we recommend checking the wind direction before you set off.