This full-day guided eMTB ride takes in epic views of the Central Plateau’s forests, valleys and volcanic landscapes. Stream crossings, rutted logging tracks and plenty of downhill adventures await. A classic NZ backcountry ride… with a power boost from our trusty eBikes.


42 Traverse Guided E-Bike Ride – Overview





Departure Times:

8am Daily

Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi

What you need to bring:

Shorts, Polypro, Windbreaker, Sandshoes, Camera, Water Bottle, Lunch and Snacks.

  • E-Bike
  • Helmets
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Lunch, snacks and tea/coffee on the ride
Call to book: 0800 10 10 24

The 42 Traverse: A One-Day Ride to Remember

Criss-crossing the Tongariro Forest, the 42 Traverse is one of the North Island’s best-loved one day MTB rides. It’s the perfect day out for adventure-loving visitors to the Taupo / Turangi area. With views over Mts Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (a.k.a. Mt Doom), and two particularly beautiful lookouts over the Tongariro Forest, you’ll feel like you’ve landed in Middle Earth. 

This remote 46km trail has some steep patches! But what goes up must come down – and the exhilarating downhill sections are well worth the climb. And this is where eBikes come into their own.

Begin the day with a warm welcome at our Turangi base, where we will kit you out with the perfect size of eBike from our fleet. We’ll show you the basics, give you a safety briefing and transport you to the start of the track.

The ride starts with a gentle uphill to get the blood flowing, and then you are in the thick of it with challenging uphills and exhilarating downhills. It’s not all adrenalin though – we’ll enjoy a pitstop with a stunning view over the volcanic plateau and explore an old hut along the way.

Just before our halfway point at a beautiful stream crossing, we will break for lunch with pre-made salad sandwiches, snacks and a stove for a necessary caffeine/hot chocolate fix! 

After lunch it’s time for the eBikes to tackle the biggest climb for the day, followed by long and winding downhills.

We will then finish our ride and be greeted by our shuttle driver to take us back home (possibly with a pit-stop in National Park for celebratory hot chips…)


Is the 42 Traverse guided eBike tour for me?

A guided e-mountain bike ride allows you to explore remote places where you might not venture on your own. It’s like having your own personal navigator to give you a heads-up before any trickier track sections, such as river crossings, plus expert advice on how to handle them. But that’s not all!

Here’s what you get on our guided 42 Traverse eBike trip:

  • Be looked after by an experienced local MTB guide who knows the trail intimately
  • Avanti Hammer E bike with internal battery, motor and dropper post
  • Transport to and from the track
  • Safety gear provided
  • Hear stories about the incredible local landscapes & wildlife while you ride
  • Lunch, snacks and hot drinks to refuel you
  • Bike handling advice to help you tune up your technique
  • As we only run this trip on request, if you have any special requirements or logistics, simply ask us and we will do our very best to accommodate you!

How much experience do you need for the 42 Traverse guided eBike ride?

There are some steep ups and downs and some stream crossings, so you will need a little mountain biking experience to get the most out of the day. But you don’t need to have ridden an eBike before – we’ll show you the ropes. 

How fit do I have to be?
The beauty of eBike tours is that you don’t need heaps of aerobic fitness – the eBike takes care of the hard bits! But you will be out on the trail for most of the day so an average level of fitness is recommended. Contact us if you’re unsure, we’ll be happy to advise.

Can you ride the 42 Traverse unguided? 

Absolutely. And we offer full-day eBike rental or mountain bike rental options if you’d prefer to go it alone. 

However, we would recommend this option for more experienced riders only. It’s a remote trail with minimal cellphone reception, and there are few getout points after you start.

For more info on mountain biking grades and hazards, click here

Graphic from DOC