Above: The stunning Timber Trail
Right: Pakihi Trail ( photos 1 - 3) 4 th is the Dunes Trail
5th Kinloch to Kawakawa ( Taupo Tails ), 6th Timber Trail
For more biking information central to this area.
The Te Ara Ahi trail ( Thermal by bike ) 48km from Rotorua to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Grade 2-3 www.nzcycletrail.com/trails/te-ara-ahi/
Redwoods Whararewarewa Forest: redwoods.co.nz
Where another whole set of adventures await - hiking, sailing, kayaking, trout fishing, amazing mountain biking - Great Lake Trail ( ww.greatlaketrail.com Grade 2-3 71km ), rafting, skydiving, jetboating, skiing, golf, Geothermal www.greatlaketaupo.com.
From Taupo to the start of the fabulous Timber Trail is 80.9km by car. www.timbertrail.com. This is a stunning two day mountain bike ride, Grade 2-3 with some of the longest and highest suspension bridges in New Zealand, amazing bush with some 800 year old trees.
Taupo to Ohakune is 151km away by car for the ‘Mountains to the Sea’ ride. This 4-5 day Mountain bike ride is a Grade 2-3 starting from Ohakune at the foot of Mount Ruapehu ( a ski/ tramping/ mountain biking town ) to Whanganui over 210km of trail, encompassing, country road riding, historic paths beautiful bush rails, jetboating transfers, kayaking, until you reach the sea at Whanganui. www.mountainstosea.co.nz
Waikato Area ( Cambridge )
Heading in the Westerly direction Rotorua to Cambridge in the Waikato area is 83.6km by car. A beautiful dairy farming/ horse stud area & Hobbiton. www.cambridge.co.nz
Also the Waikato River Trails Grade 2-3 with a small section of 4-5 103 km www.waikatorivertrails.co.nz
Starting in Thames: Hauraki Rail Trail ( Grade 1, 77 km) through beautiful farming country. Thames to Paeroa 34km, Paeroa to Te Aroha Station 21km, Paeroa to Waihi Station 22km. Eventually this trail will go all the way through to Tauranga. www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz
From Te Puke to Opotiki, 110km by car is the Motu Trails, Dunes trail 10 km one way Grade 2, Motu Rd 67km Grade 3, Pakihi Track Grade 3 + 44km, a one way down hill bush clad experience. Riding the three as a loop 91km. www.motutrails.co.nz
Tauranga cycle network Tauranga City Council. To down load the city walk/ cycle paths.
Landscape Ride 60km, Water Ride 50km, Wineries Ride 33-47km Grades 1-3