Tree Trunk Gorge


Length: 6km (Tree Trunk Gorge Track only, one way)     Grade: 3-4     Seasons: Best in summer or autumn

The Tree Trunk Gorge track is a grade 3-4 ride just south of Lake Taupo. The track is the route of an old access road that was once used during the construction of the hydro electric water scheme that exists throughout the Ruapehu area. Set at the base of the Kaimanawa Mountain in classic NZ beach forest this track make a good introduction to adventure riding because of the nature of the trail, combined with different options for transport logistics and relatively easy access, just --km south of Turangi.

Although most of the track is grade 3, there are some significant sections that are grade 4. These include four river crossings, a steep rutted climb, and rocky trail surface in a few places.

Logistically there are a few ways to tackle the Tree Trunk Gorge ride:

1) Take our shuttle from Taupo or Turangi for a one way ride. We will drop you off at one end of the trail and pick you up at the other end for a return shuttle to Taupo or Turangi.

2) Take our shuttle, or drive, from Taupo or Turangi to one end of the track. Ride to the other end, turn around and ride back the way you came.

3) Take our shuttle, or drive, to one end of the trail and ride it as a loop including the 6km Tree Trunk Gorge Track, 7km of quad bike track, 2km State Highway, and 4km sealed road. See the Kennett Bothers book “Classsic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides” for directions and info about this loop option.

Also, the Tree Trunk Gorge Track can be combined with other trails in the area for a custom day trip including 2-3 different trails.

Best place to park:

If you are driving yourself:

Pillars of Herculese Car Park OR on Tree Trunk Gorge Road, at the start of the track.

If you are taking our shuttle:

We can pick up from all day parking in Taupo, Turangi, or your accommodation.

Shuttle Pricing:

Tree Trunk Gorge Price per person for the number of seats you book:
Pick up: Drop off: Pick up: Drop off: 2 3 4 6 8 10
Taupo Tree Trunk Gorge Rd Kaimanawa Rd Taupo $95 $65 $60 $55 $50 $45
Turangi Tree Trunk Gorge Rd Kaimanawa Rd Turangi $85 $60 $55 $50 $45 $40

Guiding: Tread Routes is your Central North Island mountain bike guide, we have the largest range of trails to choose from and offer the most options. Our expert guides will not only show you way and provide insight into our land, but also teach you some bike skills as we go. With our guided experience you can be assured that you are in the best of care while in our remote wilderness.

Bike hire: We provide high quality hard tail mountain bikes for $60 per day. Most of our hire bike are in the $1000 - $1500 retail price range. High end dual suspension bikes are available on request. For your enjoyment it is important that you hire the right size bike, so we are here to help. When you contact us to make your booking the right information to get you on the right size bike. Helmets are provided with bike hire.

Contact us to make a booking.