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Enjoy a variety of landscapes on tour from gorges to rivers, lakes to forests
Cycle tour NZ's North Island
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Experience a wonderfully scenic and diverse rural ride
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Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle

5 days
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$2,190 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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Next, you will head to the shores of Lake Taupo, taking in the volcanic landscapes as you ride the Western Trail before taking a water taxi to explore the picturesque Northern Trails before returning to Auckland.

The support vehicle means you will have the ability to visit the best trailside highlights, including a visit to Huka Falls, Spa Thermal Park and the Wairakei Thermal Pools.

The Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake cycle tour 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.



Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 evening meals
  • Professional qualified guide/driver
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Water Taxi on Lake Taupo
  • Entry to Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Hot Pools
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available