The Great Lake Trail is 100% purpose built singletrack that crosses the ridges of Lake Taupo's western bays and drops down to lake level in between. The Timber Trail crosses the amazing Pureora Forest and takes in fascinating logging history along the way. These two trails can be combined into a 2 - 4 day package trip. You can choose to be shuttled in between trails or ride a connecting route on quiet country back roads.
Days: 2 - 4 Riding: up to 157km Shuttling: Yes Accommodation: Options in Taupo
Guiding, bike hire and meals are optional.
PRICE: TBC (dependent on options)
About the trails:
The Great Lake Trail is trail one of the 23 Great Rides of the NZ Cycle Trail. It is purpose built singletrack that crosses the ridges of Lake Taupo's western bays and drops down to lake level in between. The Great Lake Trail has been rated as "the best grade 3 trail in New Zealand". The trail has 3 major sections: the Waihaha & Waihora section, the Orakau & Kawakawa section, and the Whakaipo To Kinloch (W2K) section including the Headland Loop. This is a grade 3 trail and is challenging in its climbs but is generally not a very technical ride. Click here
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The Pureora Timber Trail is one of the 23 Great Rides comprising the NZ Cycle Trail. This is an 85km trail that runs through the Pureora Forest Park located west of Taupo and South of Hamilton. The Timber Trail can be accessed from the north end at the Pureora DOC feild center (Pureora village) or from the South end at Ongarue, 24km North of Taumaranui. There is also vehicle access in the middle of the track at the remote Piropiro Flats DOC campsite. The Timber Trail is rich in logging history and follows the route the old Ongarue Tramway in the South. On the Timber Trail riders passes through four ecological areas including the amazing podocarp forest that once dominated the the entire area. Click here
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