Scenic Drive 4 - Short Loop Road
Piopio – Aria – Mahoenui – Piopio.
Travel south, approximately six kilometres from Piopio on the Aria Road and then turn right after crossing the Mokau River. On the right is the Wairere Power Station and Falls. These falls are spectacular when the river is in flood. Before you reach Aria, turn right into Totoro Road, signposted to New Plymouth. Totoro Road is quiet, featuring a mix of easy rolling and steeper farmland, and at the western end features views of the steep razor-backed ridges bordering the Mahoenui Valley to the south-west. This road will take you through to the junction with State Highway 3 (SH 3).
Turn right and travel back to Piopio on SH 3. On this leg you will travel through the Mangaotaki River Gorge featuring limestone outcrops and cliffs and also native bush reserves.
Travel time is approximately 50 minutes.
Cycling is not recommended on the State Highway 3 section.
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