This trail has a steep climb worthy of the Tour de France, but the reward is more than worth it, with unparalleled views across to Mt Ruapehu, Mt Taranaki, out to Kapiti Island and coast and across the Ruahine Ranges. The trail begins at Hunterville which is a good place for accommodation and supplies. A long undulating downhill (gravel in places) follows to Marton, the capital of the Rangitikei District. Marton has ample accommodation, refreshments, supplies and two bike shops.
NOTE: For those wishing to avoid the challenge of Mount Curl there is an alternative route via Leedstown Road.