Tree Trunk Gorge Details
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Trail UsageBiking Primary
Global Ranking#37095 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity100 in Mountain Biking [+]
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TREE TRUNK GORGEMOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
The Tree Trunk Gorge trail will take you on a picturesque journey through the KaimanawaForest Park. It passes throughclassic central North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers andover two impressive gorges as it tracks along the upper section of the Tongariro River.A grade 4 trail, it is most suited to experienced riders and those intermediateriders seeking a challenge.
7km long,the trail can be ridden as a point to point ride with pre-arranged shuttles providing transport;or as a 14km round trip if you’re using your own transport.Getting There:The trail is just an hour’sdrive south of Taupo and 15 minutes south of Turangi. It iseasily accessed viaKaimanawa Road, just off State Highway 1.
Car parking is available at the northern end of thetrail,at The Pillars of Hercules; or at the southern end,off Tree Trunk Gorge Road.Alternatively there areshuttle services available from either Taupo or Turangi. Starting from the northern end,the trail begins with a challenging climb for a kilometerbefore evening out to reveal beautifulriver fords and wooden bridges as you ride up the river.
The last part of the trail is made up of a steep technical descent followed by a challenging climb.The track is best enjoyed in fairer weather conditions and be prepared as the river crossings can be cold during the winter.Please note:there is only limitedmobile phone reception on the trail.Upon reaching the end at the Pillars of Hercules, you can turn around and ride back to getthe best of both worlds, or have your pre-arranged shuttle meet you there and return youto your car.
Time Required:2-3 hours
Shuttle:Yes (pickup and return to car services). Book shuttle services prior to departure.
Shuttle from Turangi, for point to point, carparks available at either end for return riding
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More Stats for Tree Trunk Gorge mountain bike trail trail
Altitude change117 ft
Altitude min2,203 ft
Altitude max2,539 ft
Altitude start2,329 ft
Altitude end2,446 ft
Distance climb1 mile
Distance down1 mile
Distance flat1,905 ft
Avg reverse time00:41:59
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Tree Trunk Gorge Trail Reports
Jan 4, 2021 @ 4:58pmJan 4, 2021
|Perfect trail. Rode from the campground to tree trunk rd. Well looked after trail. I think it was 5 stream crossings which all were rideable...|
Feb 8, 2020 @ 5:18pmFeb 8, 2020
|This is a good surface but quite challenging, as it's more of a walking trail than nicely graded bike trail. Fun though.|
Jan 20, 2019 @ 4:32pmJan 20, 2019
|Track could do with some work if to be more suitable for mountain biking, not a bad ride but not something you can throw your bike around.|
Jan 15, 2019 @ 6:52pmJan 15, 2019
|Track needs some work if it is to be accessible to beginners. 100% ride-able for an intermediate rider. 4 stream crossing so do not cross during...|
Dec 22, 2018 @ 10:09pmDec 22, 2018
|Heading north, the last 5k's is mmmmmm. Rivers are ok to cross. Challenging to cross if you try ride them. Even though it has grade 4 sections...|
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