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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.
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, Turangi and Taupo region. As well as being heaps of fun, the expert guides share their knowledge of the area with you along the way. There are two tours to explore, both suited for e-mountain bikes.
42 Traverse - 3-6 hours, 46km return
Known as one of the best adventure mountain bike rides in New Zealand, 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!
Wilderness e-Biking Adventure – Overnight, 47km return
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.
Located a five-minute drive north of the town centre, you will find FourB, Taupo’s local specialists in bespoke guided bike tours and suppliers of bike and gear hire. The FourB team are passionate guides who have ridden the local trails many times and are able to 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 regions most beautiful and celebrated tracks. Ranging 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 at your side. Most trails covered are grade 2-3, some previous bike experience is required, but your guide can show you ropes (or gears!) and give advice along the way, as well as sharing titbits of knowledge and history about the area.
Most guided tours include all gear, but to plan for your ride, we suggest you:
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One town embracing the e-bike movement is Taupo. Chris and Kathy Johnston are two locals who have made the move from classic mountain bikes to e-bikes, and they say it has opened up a whole new world.