ROTORUA REDWOODS, GREAT LAKE TAUPO TRAILS AND TIMBER TRAIL CYCLE HOLIDAY
Arrive Auckland Airport and be shuttled to Rotorua, the mecca for all serious MTB enthusiasts.
DAY ONE AND DAY TWO - ROTORUA REDWOODS
The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest - Grade 1 Easy to Grade 6 Extreme. You will spend the next two days discovering and enjoying the delights of the Redwoods. There is a myriad of trails ranging from Beginner to Extreme so you can choose tracks to match your skills, fitness and experience. Most tracks are difficult when wet. Your accommodation has been specifically chosen due to its close proximity to the Redwoods so you can cycle there and back each day; you are also not far from the city centre.
DAY THREE - GREAT LAKE TRAILS TAUPO
Orakau to Kinloch (19kms) or carry on to Whakaipo Bay (13kms) = 32kms - Grade 3. Wind your way through stunning bush to the lakes edge, taking in the amazing views across the lake to the magnificent snow-capped mountains of Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngarohoe. Lake Taupo is in the centre of the North Island, it is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano and has a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface in New Zealand. After 19kms you reach the small town of Kinloch which hosts a café and dairy where you can stop for a break and refreshments, you can finish your day here or take on the added 13 kms to Whakaipo Bay where you are collected and returned to your accommodation.
DAY FOUR - GREAT LAKE TRAILS TAUPO
Waihora to Kotukutuku Landing (2 hrs ) 17kms, Grade 3. We travel a bit further around the lake so you get to enjoy the Waihora Trail, once again taking in the beauty of the bush and the vast views of the lake beyond. Cycle your way down to Kotukutuku Stream and the landing where you are collected by a specialised jet boat complete with bike rack and taken to Kinloch. Blue Tui will be waiting for you there.
DAY FIVE - TIMBER TRAIL
Pureora to Piropiro 40kms 4-5 hours, Grade 2 & 3 Easy and Intermediate. You will be taken to experience the majesty and peace of the Timber Trail. Leaving Pureora there is an easy start after about 6 kms you climb gradually reaching the peak of the trail at 14kms after this its downhill to your accommodation for the night in the heart of the bush.
DAY SIX - TIMBER TRAIL
Piropiro to Ongarue 45kms, 4-5 hours, Grade 2, Easy and Intermediate. After a hearty breakfast and armed with a packed lunch you will continue your Timber Trail adventure. There are many information boards that give an insight into the logging history of Pureora, its flora and bird life. You will experience the Maramataha swing bridge (at 141 metres long and 53 mtrs high the longest and highest bridge on the trail). You cycle along the old tramway that bush locomotives used to take the native timber to be processed at the Ellis and Bernand Mill, this operated from 1911 until its closure in 1966. Discover the old viaduct and the impressive spiral and visit the No’s 10 and 11 camps where the early loggers used to live while working in the bush. Your shuttle will be waiting to take you back to Auckland Airport.