Tree Trunk Gorge

The Tree Trunk Gorge trail will take you on a picturesque journey through the Kaimanawa Forest Park. It passes through classic central North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers and over two impressive gorges as it tracks along the upper section of the Tongariro River.

The Tree Trunk Gorge trail will take you on a picturesque journey through the Kaimanawa Forest Park. It passes through classic central North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers and over two impressive gorges as it tracks along the upper section of the Tongariro River.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    4.2 Km
  • Time
    2 hrs Cycling | 3 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 4 | Advanced
  • Trail Type
    Forest | River | Mud

Elevation

The Tree Trunk Gorge Trail features a mix of challenging climbs and steep descents, with flat sections along river fords and wooden bridges. This 4.2 km trail offers a thrilling ride with technical turns and rugged terrain, providing an adventurous journey through stunning forest

Elevation

Elevation | 794m

Climb | 2.4km

Descent | 1.7km

Flat |177m


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Riding the Tree Trunk Gorge Trail

The Tree Trunk Gorge mountain bike ride offers an adventurous and picturesque journey through Kaimanawa Forest Park. This trail takes you through beautiful North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers, and over two impressive gorges along the upper Tongariro River. It's a grade 4 trail, perfect for experienced riders and intermediates seeking a fun challenge.

Covering 4.2 km one way, you can ride it as a point-to-point adventure with a shuttle or as a 8.4 km round trip. Parking is available at The Pillars of Hercules at the northern end or off Tree Trunk Gorge Road at the southern end. Shuttle services are also available from Taupō or Tūrangi. Starting from the northern end, the trail begins with a challenging 1 km climb before leveling out, revealing beautiful river fords and wooden bridges.

The last part of the trail features a steep technical descent followed by a challenging climb. It's best enjoyed in fair weather, as the river crossings can be quite cold in winter. Remember, mobile phone reception is limited along the trail. When you reach the end at the Pillars of Hercules, you'll be rewarded with stunning natural scenery and a great sense of accomplishment from tackling this exciting ride.

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