Kaimanawa Descent

Embark on the Kaimanawa Descent, a downhill trail that offers a thrilling ride through New Zealand's volcanic landscape. Accessible only by helicopter, this path designed for intermediate to advanced riders, winds through dense alpine forests with spectacular views of Tongariro National Park’s majestic peaks. An adrenaline-packed adventure awaits.

Embark on the Kaimanawa Descent, a downhill trail that offers a thrilling ride through New Zealand's volcanic landscape. Accessible only by helicopter, this path designed for intermediate to advanced riders, winds through dense alpine forests with spectacular views of Tongariro National Park’s majestic peaks. An adrenaline-packed adventure awaits.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    23 Km
  • Time
    3- 4 hrs Cycling
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    Forest | Pumice | Loose Rocks

Elevation

Featuring flowing corners and thrilling descents, this trail challenges you at every turn. Descend through Kaimanawa's tussocks with views of Tongariro's peaks, then wind through native beech forests, finishing at Waipakahi Road.

Elevation

Elevation | 1671m

Climb | 7.1km

Descent | 11.8km

Flat | 1.0km


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Riding the Kaimanawa Descent

Embark on an unparalleled journey with the Kaimanawa Descent, a Grade 3 downhill trail that offers more than just a ride—it’s an adventure into the heart of New Zealand's volcanic landscape. It’s a meticulously crafted trail designed for intermediate to advanced riders seeking an adrenaline rush amidst supervolcanic views

This 23km trail, accessible only by helicopter, begins its descent through the dense, alpine forests of the Kaimanawa range. As you navigate down this exhilarating trail, you're treated to unparalleled views of the Tongariro National Park’s majestic volcanic peaks, making every moment on the trail an unforgettable experience

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Whether you're descending the thrilling Kaimanawa Descent, pedaling through the rugged terrains of Kaimanawa Forest Park, or exploring nearby and private mountain biking trails, the Taupō region offers an unmatched experience. With its supervolcanic landscapes and dense wilderness, this area is a mountain biker’s paradise, promising exhilarating and unforgettable rides on a vast network of diverse trails.

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