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Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle
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.
- CategoryTrail Riding
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration5 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance115.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance23 miles
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.