Tuora Ski Area Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.9
FIETS
10 mi
DISTANCE
3,295 ft
GAINED
6.3 %
AVG. GRADE

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This 10 mile bike climb is located in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. The average gradient is 6.3% and there is a total elevation gain of 3,295 ft, finishing at 5,320 ft.

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wet, one-lane country road

Cycling Turoa Ski Area, New Zealand.

Ride 16 kilometers gaining 1,003 meters at 6.3% average grade.

This is the hardest bike climb in New Zealand.  The Turoa Ski Area climb ends at the ski area on Mount Ruapehu, the largest active volcano in New Zealand.  This is also the highest point on the North Island.

bike parked against green sign reading "Tongariro National Park, Dual World Heritage Area"

Climb report by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.

The climb up to the Ski Village of Turra rightfully earns its number one position as the most difficult climb in New Zealand. Jetting out from the town of Ohakune, the lower slopes wind through thick forest. Gradients are relatively easy here. By mile seven you still haven’t climbed much of the nearly 3,400’ promised. The real meat and potatoes of Turoa is all in the last three miles as the climb leaves the trees behind and the surroundings are barron volcanic rock. For those who have made the trip to Mauna Kea, this sight may feel familiar. When I rode Turoa in early May, the temperature was freezing and at the summit the winds were absolutely howling. Plan for cold weather out this way. The road's only destination is the ski resort, so you can expect to have the road and views to yourself out there. A must-do in New Zealand, no doubt.

photo collage shows wet and green surroundings along the climb

photo collage shows wet roads and many signs warning of slippery and windy conditions

aerial drone view shows hairpin curves on roadway; foggy conditions

dry brush above tree line on Mount Ruapehu volcano

We rise above the tree line at kilometer 14 as we ascend the Mount Ruapehu volcano. 

climb finish at Turoa ski resort

Climb finishes at Turoa Ski Resort, just down the volcano from Crater Lake and Mount Ruapehu peak. 

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