Great Lake Trail & Timber Trail • 4 Days • 158km • Grade 2 & 3 • $700 / $800

Experience the Great Lake Trail and Timber Trail in a 4 day package tour. Ride the 2 best cycle trails in the Central North Island!

2017/18 Scheduled Tours: 

Green = Available, Yellow = limited availability/space, Red = Full

October 5-8, 19-22, 26-29, 2017

November 2-5, 16-19, 30 - Dec 3, 2017

December Nov 30 - Dec 3, 16-19, 28-31*, 2017

January 1-4*, 4-7, 2018

February 1-4, 3-6*, 2018

March 1-4, 15-18*, 30 - Apr 2, 2018

April 11-14, 24-27*, 26-29, 2018

* Means the rides are in a different order, but the inclusions and price are the same.


Tour Inclusions:

  • Round trip transport from Taupo accommodation - the Taupo accommodation is not included in the tour
  • Baggage transfers to and from accommodation on the trail - for the night in between riding days
  • One night of accommodation on the Timber Trail (in between riding days) - exact location varies according to date chosen
  • 3 meals - Day 3 dinner, day 4 breakfast and a packed lunch
  • Boat ride on Lake Taupo - on the second day of the tour. It is essential to the logistics of the tour.

Optional extras:

  • Guiding: Contact us for pricing
  • Hard tail / front suspension $200 for four days
  • High end full suspension mountain bikes $400 for four days
          Our bikes are high quality and serviced between every use.


Combine 2 of NZ best cycle trails. This tour includes amazing views of lake Taupo from untouched shores, interesting volcanic and cultural history. Iconic native forest featuring some of NZ’s tallest trees, amazing suspension bridges, interesting native logging history, remote untouched environments, and unique accommodation. The tour includes round trip transport from Taupo accommodation.

Tour description  / Itinerary:

Day 1: 34km (or 43km*) • Grade 3

Tread Routes will pick you up from your Taupo accommodation around 8am. Any hire bikes booked will already be loaded on the shuttle. It is a 25min drive to the start of the trail where your driver will set up the bikes and provide a briefing about the trail. The ride starts in a rural setting before descending to the remote Kawakawa Bay which is on Lake Taupo’s dramatic western shores. Halfway through the ride is the holiday village of Kinloch which provides the ideal lunch or coffee stop. Enjoy the beach, and even a swim if the weather is warm. After climbing out of Kinloch the trail then descends to the quiet undeveloped Whakaipo Bay Reserve where clients may have an opportunity to swim before being shuttled just 20min back to their accommodation in Taupo. * Fitter faster riders also have the option of including the 9km Headland Loop after passinf through Kinloch.

Day 2: 30km • Grade 3

Tread Routes will pick you up from your Taupo accommodation in the morning, and shuttle you 1hr to the start of the trail at Waihaha. After a briefing the trail takes you along the dramatic Waihaha river gorge before following the lakeside cliffs to the beach at the remote untouched Waihora Bay. You will then board a boat for the 25min trip accross the lake back to Kinloch where you will be picked by the shuttle for the return trip to Taupo.

Throughout the 2 days on the Great Lake Trail you will experience beautiful native bush as the trail crosses the ridges and valleys of the iconic Western Bay. Lake Taupo’s amazing volcanic history and rich cultural story provides a fascinating insight to the region that is best displayed and explained from the trail. Ask us about guided options for this tour.

Day 3: 40km (or 41km*) • Grade 2-3

Tread Routes will pick you up first thing in the morning for the 1hr shuttle journey to the start of the trail, where the driver will provide a briefing. You will start riding around 10am. The ride involves single track among huge native trees, expansive views, and a lot of uphill riding during the first few hours. The ride ends at the accommodation for the night, which is one of two lodges in idyllic forest locations. Baggage will be transferred to the lodge while you are riding. Dinner is provided by the lodge, as well as breakfast and a packed lunch for the second day. 

Day 4: 45km or (56km*) • Grade 2

The second days ride starts directly from the accommodation on day two (no shuttles required in the morning). Today you will experience more fantastic native bush, amazing suspension bridges that have been built specifically for the trail, and interesting timber industry history as the trail follows the route of an old logging tramway. There is more descending than climbing on day two. Baggage will be picked up from the lodge while clients are riding. At the end of the trail, clients will be shuttled two hours back to their accommodation in Taupo.

* Daily distance (for day 3&4 / the Timber Trail) varies according to accommodation location (different accommodation is provided on different dates). 

Duration: Day 1 pick up approx. 8am, drop off approx. 6pm on day 4. Exact times may vary.

Prerequisites: Moderate to high fitness level, and mountain biking experience.

Group size: 4 to 10 (couples may join other open groups if applicable).