Rent a mountain bike or e-bike and weave your way through the native beech forest of the Kaimanawa Forest Park. This is a beginner/intermediate mountain bike, perfect for all those looking for a bit of a challenge to keep you entertained and on your toes!

This ride is perfect for any and all times of the year!

Tree Trunk Gorge Mountain Biking – Overview


Mountain bike hire: $45 per person
E-bike hire: Hardtail Half day: $80 Full Suspension Half day: $100
MTB hire + shuttle: $115
Guided + Hire: $125.00



Departure Times:

Guided Tree Trunk Gorge: 11:00am

Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi

What you need to bring:

Shorts, Polypro, Windbreaker, Sandshoes, Camera, Water Bottle.

  • Bikes
  • Helmets
  • Transport (Guided Trips)

Discover Tree Trunk Gorge!

This 10-15km ride winds up and down through the classic beech forest of the Central North Island. You ride over two impressive gorges on the Tongariro River, through forest land and across a number of smaller streams. Try and name all the native fauna that lines the trail and listen for the birds along the way.  

Challenge yourself with a short and steep climb, a number of wooden bridge crossings, sharp corners and fun downhills. With the thick forest covering, this ride is perfect for all weather conditions! With a few river crossings all times of year, be prepared to get wet feet! 

Allow 1 ½ – 2 hours for this ride, or longer if you wish to stop for a picnic lunch along the way!

What makes this trail amazing?

A truly Kiwi adventure

Located in the heart of the Central North Island, brimming with native Flora and Fauna, this adventure provides a truly New Zealand experience.

It’s convenient 

Although you will feel totally wilderness, the trail is only a 20 minute drive from Turangi.

It’s a good level of challenge

The trail is undulating with rutted hill climbs, descents, stream crossings and rocky terrain. If you have bike riding experience, it is a perfect level of challenge. 

If you would like to make it a little easier, ask about our e-bikes!

Adjust it to suit your needs

There are a variety of options available with this ride to suit your needs and abilities! Ask us what would be best for you.

Great scenery

Native New Zealand forest, lush ferns, twisting mangroves and the breathtaking gorges of the Tongariro River are just some of the highlights of your ride.

At some points on a fine day, you will even catch glimpses over volcanic plateau in Tongariro National Park.

Let Tongariro Mountain Biking take care of everything.

We are fully equipped to support you on this adventure in whatever way is best for you! 

We can hire mountain bikes, hire e-bikes, provide transportation, provide an experienced guide, or any combination of these. We can also provide support and maintenance if you run into any troubles out there! 

The trail is only 20 minutes from our base!

More than just a bike hire company, at Tongariro Mountain Biking we don’t just send you on your way. We’ll give you maps, safety tips and advice so you can be confident of a smooth and easy ride. 

Tailor your ride – Awesome extras or options (see pricing above)

Ride with a guide

Tree Trunk Gorge is rideable on your own, but riding with one of our experienced guides will add another dimension to your journey. Your guide will tell you all about the nature you are riding through, the local flora and fauna, and the stories from the area. We also know all the tips and tricks for the trail, so we will set you up for success on the bike for how to tackle any tricky bits!

Combine your ride with a rafting trip

For an action-packed day, why not combine your mountain bike ride with a white water rafting adventure on the Tongariro River? Tree Trunk Gorge will take you all the way down to Potu Intake, where you will swap your bike for a paddle and begin your rafting adventure after a well deserved lunch. 

E-bikes – an even easier way to travel!

Spend less energy pedaling and more energy enjoying your beautiful surroundings: rent one of our e-bikes for your Tree Trunk Gorge adventure. With an internally mounted battery and motor, these bikes make light work of ascents and headwinds. Come and try this latest craze for yourself.

Let us take care of transportation entirely

The easiest way to organise the logistics for your ride is just to let us worry about it all! We have bikes racks and trailers, busses and vans, to accommodate any number of bikers. We will drop you at the top of the trail with directions and a map, then pick you up at the end of your journey! No hassle or shuttles required.

Watch Love Taupo’s video below of the trail:

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