Participate on this fantastic tour in incredible scenery
Enjoy a variety of landscapes on tour from gorges to rivers, lakes to forests
Cycle tour NZ's North Island
Cross the suspension bridges on tour
Enjoy a fully-supported cycle tour in NZ
Experience a wonderfully scenic and diverse rural ride
Discover the hidden gems of New Zealand by bike

Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle

5 days
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$2,169 USD

Experience the best riding the Central North Island has to offer on a fully supported & guided trip on the Waikato River Trail, Timber Trail & Great Lake Trail. After a transfer from Auckland, the adventure begins on the mighty Waikato River Trail, passing through forest & farmland along NZ’s longest river. The adventure continues in the Pureora Forest where you'll ride the 87km Timber Trail. You’ll discover mighty swing bridges, timber milling sites, the Ongarue Spiral bush tramway & experience 2 nights in the purpose-built lodge in the middle of the forest.

  • Category
    Trail Riding
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    115.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    23 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Auckland.

    Fly in and out of Auckland International Airport (AKL).

  • How long is the tour? How many cycling days?

    The tour is 5 days long with all 5 days being cycling days.

  • What's the tour like?

    The Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle is graded moderate. The Timber Trail is predominantly wide and smooth but there are some decent climbs and trickier sections, including mud and slippery roots making it best suited to reasonably fit, experienced cyclists. Along the Timber Trail and Great Lake Trail there is no vehicle access, so you need to be able to ride 3-4 hours comfortably at a time. Good preparation, fitness and practice riding on off-road trails will add to your enjoyment of the tour.

  • Who will lead the group?

    The guides are one of the biggest assets of the tour operator and they have pride for their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people,  two expert guides will join to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of the guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but the guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.