Turangi is the perfect spot to base yourself for some of the best Mountain Biking in the Tongariro National Park.
Mountain biking is a great way to get exercise while spending time with your family or friends, and now is the perfect time to get outdoors and experience the fresh air and scenery that New Zealand has to offer. With trails suitable for beginners through to advanced, the Turangi region has mountain biking trails suitable for the adrenaline seeker and also families wanting to spend time together. Don't have a bike? You can hire bikes or even go on a guided tour, so there is no excuse not to get out and start the heart pumping!
Below is just a couple of the mountain biking trails available in Turangi, and you can find out more about the available trails in the Great Lake Taupo region here.
Tongariro River Trail
The Tongariro River Trail is perfect for beginners and takes you on a scenic loop along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi. You will see beautiful native bush, and the stunningly clear waters of the Tongariro River.
This trail is great for families, and you can break your journey and enjoy a picnic at the Tongariro National Trout Centre. The 15km trail will typically take between 1 and 2 hours depending on your experience.
The trails begin at the carpark next to the Tongariro River Bridge, where you can park your car.
Tree Trunk Gorge
This trail offers stream and river crossings, rocks and beautiful Beech forest riding. Starting from the northern end, you will begin with a challenging climb before easing to beautiful river fords and wooden bridges as you ride up the river. The track is best enjoyed in warmer weather, as the river crossings can be cold in winter, and is recommended for beginner to intermediate riders.
You should allow up 2 - 3 hours, and you will be able to check out the Pillars of Hercules along the way.
The trail is located in the Kaimanawa Forest Park, just 15 drive south of Turangi. Car parking is available at the northern end, at the Pillars of Hercules, and also at the southern end.
Guided Tours and Shuttles
The Tongariro River Trail and Tree Trunk Gorge tracks are not far from Turangi and Parklands Motor Lodge. If you do not have your own transport or bike, or are just a beginner then there are guided tours and shuttles available which will provide Bikes, Helmets, Transport, Water and Lunch.
What to Wear?
What to bring in your bag?
We recommend you bring the following items:
- Camera to capture the stunning scenery
- Drink to keep hydrated
- Food to snack on or for a picnic along the way
Why not plan a long weekend in Turangi with your friends or family, and enjoy some of the best mountain biking in New Zealand. Spring and Summer is a great time to visit us here at Parklands Motor Lodge in Turangi, and take in some fresh air and nature. We are in the perfect location to explore Turangi and the Tongariro National Park. With so much here on offer, why not start to plan your next New Zealand adventure!