2.6 miles
Distance
670 ft
Climb
-522 ft
Descent
00:56:45
Avg time

Tree Trunk Gorge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    12 months
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #96526 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #75382 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

TREE TRUNK GORGEMOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

https://www.lovetaupo.com/en/scenic-attractions/tree-trunk-gorge/

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.

Key Information:
Distance:7km
Grade:4
Time Required:2-3 hours
Phone Coverage:Intermittent
Toilets:None
Shuttle:Yes (pickup and return to car services). Book shuttle services prior to departure.

Access Info

Shuttle from Turangi, for point to point, carparks available at either end for return riding

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Tree Trunk Gorge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    148 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,257 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,606 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,362 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,510 ft
  • Grade
    1.1%
  • Grade max
    -44.9%
  • Grade min
    39.7%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    581 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:23
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on Apr 23, 2022
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      Tree Trunk Gorge Trail Reports

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      Apr 23, 2022 @ 7:11pm
      Apr 23, 2022
      Jul 24, 2021 @ 12:21am
      Jul 24, 2021
      Beautiful forest. Not a single track tho. Bit boring g2 feeling. The stream by the Tree Trunk Gorge Rd is unrideable. Maybe 1m deep, it's been...
      Jan 4, 2021 @ 4:58pm
      Jan 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 @ 5:18pm
      Feb 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 @ 4:32pm
      Jan 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.
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      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Nov 27, 2022

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      Moremayo (Apr 23, 2022 at 19:12)
      Not really single track. 5 plus points where you will need to walk your bike.
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