The Timber Trail and Whakarewarewa Forest Loop are two of NZ's best Great Rides. Ride with local guides and first-class hosting.
GRADE 2 EASY
BACKCOUNTRY – Cycle Trail
COST AUD 2070
COST USD 1750
COST GBP 1299
COST NZD 1999
COST CAD 1999
COST EUR 1399
COST USD 1499+TAX
Ride the Timber Trail – the jewel in the crown of the New Zealand’s back country cycle trails. This easy 4 day Great Ride tour takes in the world class trails of Rotorua before delving deep into one of New Zealand’s most pristine forests. This e-bike tour takes the bulk of the lung and leg work out of the equation, so you can enjoy the ride and soak in one of the most beautiful forests in the world. Stay in comfortable accommodation in a forest paradise, and ride with expert guides and hosts.
DAY 1 Arrive Rotorua
Arrive Rotorua, Ride Whakarewarewa Forest Loop
Our trip begins in Rotorua – the gateway to our volcanic region and home to some incredible cycle trails and mountain biking trails. After settling in, we’ll head intothe Whakarewarewa Forest Loop to ride some of the smooth easy trails under the canopy of introduced Redwoods, pine and native trees and through the stunning sub-canopy native ferns. There’s a trail to suit anyone, and no biking trip to New Zealand is complete without exploring the world famous “Redwoods” trails! After our ride we’ll rest up and your guides will prepare dinner.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 3-5 hours DISTANCE: Up to you MEALS: (L,D)
DAY 2 Backcountry on the Timber Trail
Ride the backcountry on the Timber Trail (Pureora to Piropiro)
A drive south of Rotorua and through the volcanic heartland of the North Island brings us to the beginning of the Timber Trail – one of the most iconic multi day backcountry cycle trails in New Zealand. After a final thorough check of our bikes and gear, we’ll head into the wild from Pureora, through dense mossy forest on single track, crossing numerous high suspension bridges over amazing forest canyons. With our e-bike batteries turned on, we’ll start the 500 metre gradual ascent through cloud forest and mist, straight out of Lord of the Rings. After a break at the summit of Mt Pureora taking in the epic views, it’s an equally gradual descent down to Piropiro, and our accommodation for the evening, which definitely involves hearty food, hot showers, comfortable lodging and a well deserved drink.
ACCOMMODATION: Timber Trail Lodge RIDE TIME: 4 hours DISTANCE: 40 km MEALS: (B,L,D) CLIMB: 500 metres DESCENT: 540 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 3 Ride the Timber Trail , return to Rotorua
Ride the Timber Trail (Piropiro to Ongarue), return to Rotorua
Today is a day of undulation through amazing forest (again!), over spectacular suspension bridges, past weird and wonderful rock formations and remnants of New Zealand’s colonial history, and all round fun on the best cycle trail in the world. After the 5km mark, the significant uphill section is behind us (made easy on our e-bikes!) and it’s all about the gradual descent through the forest, New Zealand’s highest suspension bridge, and experiencing the only rideable railway spiral in the world – a relic of New Zealand’s early logging pioneers. At the end of our ride, we’ll head back to Rotorua.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME 4 hours DISTANCE: 44 km CLIMB: 400 metres DESCENT: 750 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Depart
Today is the last day of your Timber Trail e-Bike Classic adventure with us. We hope you’ll have enjoyed your time here, having ridden the best back country cycle trail in New Zealand and taken in the best scenery on the planet in the process. Our specialty is first class guiding, being welcoming hosts, taking care of all the logistics and nitty gritty details, and ensuring it’s all done in style. We’ll send you home relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to the next epic ride.
TOUR DEPARTURE DATES
Ask us if we have any departure dates that suit your travel dates and we’ll see what we can do!
2022: January 24 | February 21 | March 7 | April 15
Available for hire on are our Focus Jam 2 full suspension mountain bikes. These bikes are well maintained, will be adjusted for your height and weight, and have a battery charge of 5 hours riding. We also have back up batteries. A high quality bike to suit a high quality cycle trail! Don’t hesitate to contact us for more questions about your e-bike.
The Dirt on the Details
Resting up in comfortable lodging and surroundings at the end of a days ride is important. We don’t like to dirtbag it anymore, so neither should you. We’ve selected lodges and hotels that are rider friendly and understand the importance of a place to hang out, wash your bike, socialise and exaggerate about riding experiences at the end the day on the trail.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, except for your free day in Rotorua where lunch and dinner are on you.
Riding snacks – because you need fuel
All transport and shuttles – all you need to concentrate on is riding
Guiding and hosting
All park entrance fees to our national parks and riding areas
International & domestic flights
Extra personal riding gear. Eg. water/hydrations system backpack etc
e-Bike rental. We have Haibike Xduro Allmtn e-bikes available for hire.