Hūnua Traverse

Ride Experiences

The Hūnua Traverse is a

44.5-km two-way ride

A total elevation gain of 1,100m, encompassing public and private roads between Clevedon Village and Kaiaua on the Seabird Coast.

With two trail heads and five different entry points to the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park, there are a variety of different ways to experience the Hūnua Traverse. Please review our distance and elevation information to find a route that suits you.

Riding End to End

Experience the full end to end route, connecting Auckland and the Waikato via the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park. Read our end to end descriptions below and view the ride on Trailforks.

Clevedon to Kaiaua

North to South
Clevedon (Auckland) to Kaiaua (Waikato)

Kaiaua to Clevedon

South to North
Kaiaua (Waikato) to Clevedon (Auckland)

Other ride experiences in the Hūnua Traverse

If our end to end experience isn’t for you, fear not; The Hūnua Traverse offers a range of experiences for cyclists. Perhaps you’d like to turn your ride into a overnight adventure? Or perhaps you’d like to mix up some gravel and tar to create a loop ride? Or maybe you’d like to enjoy something a little lighter and less challenging. Click through to learn more and plan your ride.

Overnighting on the Hūnua Traverse

Stay in the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park

  • Upper Mangatāwhiri Campground
  • Mangatangi Trig Campground
  • Lower Mangatāwhiri Campground
  • Piggotts Hut

Loop Rides

Make a loop of it via connecting public roads

  • Hūnua Traverse – Ness Valley loop: 28km
  • Hūnua Traverse – Hūnua Village loop: 50km
  • Tour de Ranges loop: 90km

Easy Rides

Rides suited for families or novice riders

  • Ness Valley – Clevedon (mostly) downhill
  • Hūnua Explorer

Enjoy some short videos by local cycle coach, Janet Stark