Traveller Rating


  • 5 days cycle trail
  • 2 nights hotel/motel
  • 2 nights lodge
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$3595NZD

Trip Code: TWG

Trip highlights

  • Follow the trails along the mighty Waikato River
  • Cycle the iconic Timber Trail through majestic native forest
  • Stay in the comfort of the Timber Trail lodge in the heart of the Pureora Forest
  • Travel by water taxi on Lake Taupo to ride the Northern Trails
  • Visit the magnificent Huka Falls
  • Take a relaxing soak in the Wairakei Terraces and Thermal pools
  • Cycle Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

Experience the best riding the Central North Island has to offer on our fully supported & guided trip on the Waikato River Trail, Timber Trail, Great Lake Trail and Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Forest.

Your tour starts in Rotorua with a short scenic ride before heading onto explore the mighty Waikato River Trail, passing through forest & farmland along NZ’s longest river.

The adventure continues in the Pureora Forest where we ride the 87km Timber Trail. We’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.

Next, we head to the shores of Lake Taupo, taking in the volcanic landscape and big lake views. The next morning we enjoy a boat excursion on Lake Taupo before riding the picturesque Northern Trails. Our final day takes us back to Rotorua where we ride the Whakarewarewa Forest Loop, the newest great ride of New Zealand.

Our support vehicle means we have the ability to visit the best trailside highlights, including a visit to Huka Falls and the Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Pools.

Today we begin our adventure with a short briefing in Rotorua before getting on our bikes for a warm up ride along a scenic trail. We then drive to the start of the Waikato River Trail near Atiamuri where we ride the first section of the trail. Stopping for a picnic by the river we then jump back on our bikes to ride the 2nd part of the trail. This southernmost section of the trail offers views of the expansive Lake Whakamaru. Almost directly across the lake at Atiamuri is the stunning Pohuturoa rock, a magnificent historically significant feature, lifted by volcanic forces and weathered by the elements. The next 12km section has great views along Lake Maraetai and includes the 70m long Mangakino stream suspension bridge. This section is also where the Waikato River Trails Trust has recently planted several thousand native trees along the edge of the Lake. After our ride, we head to the Timber Trail Lodge in the heart of the Pureora Forest and our home for the next 2 nights. We check into our accommodation and unwind in anticipation for the next day's adventure. Cycling Distance: Rotorua Loop 13km and Waikato River Trail - 39km

Meals:  D

After breakfast this morning it’s a 50 min drive to the start of the Timber Trail on the edge of the Pureora Forest. The trail follows old logging roads and tramlines linked with well-constructed unsealed tracks and a series of thrilling suspension bridges. We get the hard work out of the way this morning, climbing for 14km with stunning views until we reach the highest point of the ride. From here it’s mostly downhill for the rest of the day, winding down the side of Mt Pureora and across the flanks of the Hauhungaroa Ranges with a couple of amazing suspension bridges to cross along the way. We finish the day at Piropiro Flats right by our outstanding accommodation and hospitality at the Timber Trail Lodge. Cycling Distance: Timber Trail - 40km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we head back into the native forest and cross over a tumbling gorge on one of the highest and longest swing bridges in the country, keeping a lookout for New Zealand’s native pigeon, the beautiful Kereru. Today’s climbing consists of 2 much shorter uphills compared with yesterday’s ascent, with the 2nd one finishing at the Ongarue Tramway terminus. From there it’s mostly downhill all the way to the end following the old tramway. We pass remnants of the region’s logging history, more swing bridges and the fascinating Ongarue Spiral and its rather spooky, old tunnel. The trail continues downhill to Ongarue. We then load the bikes and head to Taupo where we will be based for the next 2 nights. Cycling Distance: Timber Trail - 47km

Meals:  B,L

Today we start with a scenic boat trip across Lake Taupo, including visiting Maori Rock Carvings and scenic waterfalls. The boat trip will finish at Whakaipo Bay on the North shore of Lake Taupo where we'll meet up with our bikes again. The Great Lakes Trails are another of New Zealand's Great Rides and are a journey of volcanic discovery around the rim of Lake Taupo, a supervolcano that was formed after one of Earth’s largest known eruptions. This morning we'll ride over a headland to the lakeside settlement of Kinloch, a perfect spot for lunch. Then back on the trails, there are shorter and longer options for the afternoon, all on purpose built trails through lush native forest. A short drive back to Taupo before finishing the day with a soak at the Wairakei Terraces nestled in the Wairakei geothermal valley. This evening we will come together for our final team dinner! Cycling Distance: Great Lake Trail - up to 45km

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we visit nearby Huka Falls, the largest falls on the Waikato River and the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand. Then it's just over an hour to transfer to the start of the ride. Today's riding is the Whakarewarewa Forest Loop – the newest Nga Haerenga Great Ride of New Zealand – purpose-built to take in a range of sights and scenery in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest. It also realises the community’s long-held vision to create a classic, deep-forest adventure. Being mostly easy (grade 2) with just a couple of short intermediate (grade 3) sections mixed in, the trail has been designed for confident riders of almost all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Storyboards along the route share the area’s long and fascinating history – from its fiery, volcanic past and rich Maori culture, to the planting of its mighty California Coastal Redwoods, all enjoyed with wonderful vistas of Lake Rotorua and Tikitapu. We finish the 34km ride at The Secret Spot where we can enjoy hot pools, showers and a celebratory drink and feed to celebrate the end of some epic riding. A short transfer will see us back at our central Rotorua drop off around 5pm Cycling Distance: Whakarewarewa Trail - 34km

Meals:  B,L


  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x4), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x3), two course restaurant dinners (x3) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 2 nights motel accommodation with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis
  • 2 nights at the remote Timber Trail Lodge
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more)
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Water Taxi on Lake Taupo
  • Entry to Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Hot Pools
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas
  • Transport from Rotorua (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Rider fees paid to the Trail Trusts for ongoing maintenance and improvements, concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • The Secret Spot hot tubs
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. We provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience with one guide always with you on the trail. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


Bike information



The Timber Trail, Waikato River Trail and Great Lake Trails are all graded moderate requiring a reasonable level of fitness and off road biking experience. 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.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Bike RentalNZD$350
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$500
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureNZD$850
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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