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E-bike tours in the Taupō region

Don’t have an e-bike but want to give it a try? The Taupō region has some great e-bike tours, and they are a fun way to take the ol’ electric saddle for a spin!

The new phenomenon of e-bikes has provided a great introduction to cycling and mountain biking for those who may not have tried it before or struggle on a push bike, and jumping on guided bike tour can take you to beautiful places that you wouldn’t venture to on your own.

Tongariro Mountain Biking

Proclaimed local legend Garth Oakden, owner of Tongariro Mountain Biking, and his team can take you on an epic electric mountain bike journey through the Tongariro, Tūrangi and Taupō region.

As well as being heaps of fun, the expert guides share their knowledge of the area with you along the way. There are three tours to explore, both suited for e-mountain bikes.

42 Traverse

Known as one of the best adventure mountain bike rides in Aotearoa, this 46km grade 3 guided e-mountain bike tour takes you through the Tongariro Forest. This trail showcases sub-alpine New Zealand, with beautiful views of the surrounding maunga. 

The 42 Traverse is a multi-use track throughout the Tongariro Forest Conservation Area. There are some challenging climbs to keep you on your toes, and this is when you’ll appreciate the little boost of your e-bike! It takes between 3 and 6 hours to ride. You will come to spectacular lookouts over the volcanic plateau, exhilarating downhills and exciting uphill sections. E-bike, safety gear, transport shuttle and necessary caffeine/hot chocolate included! 

Need to know:

  • 3-6 hours 
  • Grade 3
  • 46km
  • Included: e-bike, safety gear, transport and hot drinks

Wilderness e-Biking Adventure

The ultimate overnight e-mountain biking adventure that allows you to ride tracks through remote sections of the Central North Island with your own exclusive lodge accommodation and dedicated guide.

This two-day adventure is the ultimate in electric mountain biking, taking you through undulating landscapes, native bush and even a river or two. Your e-bike will assist you over undulating hills and expansive flats, making it easier than ever to soak in the everlasting views while riding. The lodge, nestled on the edge of a great ravine, is your private oasis for an evening of banter, beverages and banquet. This tour includes all gear, x3 meals.

Need to know:

  • Overnight
  • 47km 
  • Included: accommodation, meals and snacks, gear 

Tree Trunk Gorge

Embark on a truly Kiwi adventure as you explore Tree Trunk Gorge, a hidden gem in the heart of the Central North Island. This 10-15km bike ride takes you on a thrilling journey through the classic beech forest of the region, immersing you in Aotearoa's native flora and fauna.

As you navigate the trail, you'll encounter the impressive gorges of the Tongariro River through the Kaimanawa Forest Park, ride through lush forested areas, and cross several charming streams. 

Prepare for an exhilarating ride filled with variety. Challenge yourself with a short but steep climb, navigate wooden bridge crossings, conquer sharp corners, and enjoy thrilling downhill descents. Be ready to get your feet wet with a few river crossings!

Need to know:

  • 1.5-2 hours 
  • Grade 4
  • 10-15km 
  • Included: e-bikes, helmets, transport and guide


FourB Rentals and Tours 

Located a five-minute drive north of the town centre, you will find FourB, Taupō’s local specialists in bespoke guided bike tours and bike and gear hire suppliers. The FourB team are passionate guides who have ridden the local trails many times and can give their riders the best and safest experience possible. Covering all the bases, FourB can take you on a half-day, full-day or multiday adventure through our region's most beautiful and celebrated tracks.

From the easy, scenic Huka River Trail to the five exciting sections of the Great Lake Trail, you can jump on an e-bike and trace the trails on your own or with a guide. Most trails covered are Grade 2-3, and some previous bike experience is required, but your guide can show you ropes (or gears!) and give advice along the way, as well as share titbits of knowledge and history about the area. 

Great Lake Trails 

Experience the ultimate biking adventure on the Waihora/Waihaha Trail in Taupō! This full-day, 30km trail is a Grade 3 ride and promises an exhilarating journey through the stunning Great Lake Trails. With a fully guided tour, you'll have everything you need for an unforgettable day.

The adventure begins as you follow the Waihaha River, high above a picturesque gorge enveloped in native bush. Along the way, you'll encounter rocky outcrops that offer sweeping views of the volcanic landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent Tieke Falls, a major highlight of the first half of the trail.

The second half of your ride is equally breathtaking, taking you along the lake's edge. Highlights include navigating rocky ravines, enjoying volcanic cliff-top lookouts with vistas of Tongariro National Park's volcanoes, encountering the enigmatic Echo Rock, and descending alongside the scenic Kotukutuku Stream, complete with gushing waters and waterfalls.

Need to know:

  • Full Day
  • Grade 3
  • 30km 
  • Included: e-bike and helmets, guide, snacks and lunch, water taxi transport

Timber Trail 

Nestled in the heart of the Pureroa Forest Park, the Timber Trail is hailed as New Zealand's premier mountain bike track. It's FourB's two-day adventure from Taupō, including lodge accommodations and a stop at the delightful Dam Café in Whakamaru. With a grade 3, it's suitable for riders of various ages and abilities, as long as you have basic handling skills and a fair level of fitness.

Day one sets you on a journey through lush native forest and Māori history. Enjoy this backcountry biking experience, making your way through the forest and across pristine rivers.

The second day offers a thrilling descent and a crossing of the Maramataha Suspension Bridge, the world's longest and highest rideable suspension bridge. The ride continues through the old tramway, where you'll glimpse remnants of logging history amid stunning native bush. 

Need to know:

  • 2 Full Days
  • Grade 3 
  • 85km 
  • Included: accommodation, e-bikes, satellite tracker, meals, transport 

Huka Falls River Trail 

The thrilling adventure begins with a short 1km ride to the spectacular Huka Falls. Brace yourself for the awe-inspiring sight of 220,000 litres of water plummeting over the falls every second. It's a natural marvel that's sure to leave you spellbound.

Along the stunning ride, soak in breathtaking river views, pass by a geothermal power station, watch the Aratiatia Rapids form and witness the incredible geothermal stream behind the Wairakei Resort. The trail mostly falls under Grade 2, with some Grade 3 sections. While some prior mountain biking experience is beneficial, it's not essential as long as you're confident in your biking abilities. Get ready for an unforgettable ride!

Need to know:

  • Grade 2-3
  • 3 hours
  • Included: e-bike hire, helmet, water and snacks, guide

Most guided tours include all gear, but to plan for your ride, we suggest you: 

  • always wear a helmet and sunscreen
  • wear suitable closed footwear
  • pack extra water, snacks and a small tire repair kit if you plan to go out all day/multiple days
  • always let someone know where you are riding if going alone.

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