A town near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, Taupo boasts a lakefront setting against Lake Taupo itself, a volcanic caldera that flows into the Huka Falls. From the Craters Mountain Bike Park to the magnificent Great Lake Trail, there are plenty of opportunities to take to two wheels and uncover some of the many purpose built trails among the incredible natural scenery. Our range is inclusive of easy through to challenging cycling trails and can be tailored to your abilities and cycling appetite when you choose to pedal with Onlyluxe Travel.
 
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  1. The Timber Trail End to End Epic Ride 3D2N, Fully Guided

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    Enjoy a fully-guided epic ride on the entire Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park, widely regarded as being the best two-day wilderness bike ride in New Zealand. One of New Zealand's 22 Great Rides, part of Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail, the Timber Trail offers you an amazing riding journey of discovery of ancient and remote virgin forest, huge suspension bridges, unique timber tramway history, splendid gorges and epic views across the central North Island. You'll enjoy two nights stay at an off-grid lodge on the edge of stunning native podocarp forest and taste a two-course healthy and nutritious meal each night. This is a cycling journey for the senses and the soul.

    Deep in the centre of Aotearoa's North Island, right in the middle of nowhere, is a very special place. The 85 km Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park follows old logging tracks and tramlines right in the centre of the North Island, approx. 2 hours drive from Taupo. Regarded as the 'jewel in the crown' of North Island cycleways, the Timber Trail offers rich rewards, from thrilling eight large suspension bridges including New Zealand’s longest at 141m to the splendour of the ancient forest, the Pureora Timber Trail is a journey that will let your spirits soar.

    Over the two days, you will cycle on the entire Timber Trail (85 km) with an expert local guide. The trail is Grade 2-3 and suitable for experienced and recreational riders of moderate fitness and ability.

    At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to your wilderness lodge - the only accommodation located right on the trail. Here, you can enjoy the atmosphere of relaxation in your en-suite bedroom, and taste the hearty, home style dinners. Savour twilight before night falls and thrills you with some of the best stargazing on the planet, then wake refreshed and energised to the tune of a glorious dawn chorus of New Zealand's rare birds.

    The tour is fully guided and lodge based. Bike hire, helmet, water bottle, personal locator beacon (PLB), and packed lunches as well as luggage transfers are included. You only need to carry a daypack.

    Combining the best cycling experience on the Timber Trail and the awe-inspiring wilderness accommodation, the Timber Trail End to End Cycle is sure to rejuvenate your spirit.

    New Zealand Timber Trail Cycling Map

    Please click to view New Zealand Timber Trail Cycling Map

    Departure Dates

    Departure every day on request

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Taupo, New Zealand
    Enjoy a fully-guided epic ride on the entire Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park, widely regarded as being the best two-day wilderness bike ride ...
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  2. The Great Lake Trail End to End Cycle 3D2N, Self Guided

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    Enjoy three days of glorious cycling, explore the entire Great Lake Trail, and stay at the luxury boutique Whakaipo Lodge perfectly positioned adjacent to Whakaipo Bay, Lake Taupo. Take in spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the mountains of Tongariro National Park on the wheels by day, experience the peace and tranquility in your luxury suite by night, and taste a 4-course dinner featuring the best of local and lodge-grown ingredients and accompanied by fine NZ wines. This three-day-two-night self guided Great Lake Trail cycling tour combines relaxation and adventure, and is sure to create unforgettable memories.

    Skirting the western shores of Lake Taupo, the Great Lake Trail provides 71km of all-weather riding through native forest with stunning views across Lake Taupo to the majestic Tongariro National Park. Proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, one of 22 New Zealand Great Rides, the Great Lake Trail takes you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo as well as a truly ancient area that is interwoven with Maori history and stories from a time past.

    Over the three days, you will cycle on the three sections of Great Lake Trail: Waihaha section (30km), Kawakawa section (19.5km), W2K section (21km).

    At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to Whakaipo Lodge - an architect-designed lodge offering relaxed luxury in a beautiful location. Here, you can relax in the lounge with log fire in Winter, or in the stunning garden setting in Summer, with a glass of complimentary NZ wine or craft beer and canapés, a chat with your knowledgeable Kiwi hosts. Then enjoy a 4-course hosted dinner that delights your palette.

    The tour is self guided with pickup and dropoff at Whakaipo Lodge. Bike hire, helmet, water bottle, personal locator beacon (PLB), and packed lunches are included. You only need to carry a daypack.

    Combining the best New Zealand cycling experience with award-winning Whakaipo Lodge accommodation, and fine food and wine, this is the epic cycling adventure on the Great Lake Trail.

    Please click to view Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling Map

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily on request

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Taupo, New Zealand
    Enjoy three days of glorious cycling, explore the entire Great Lake Trail, and stay at the luxury boutique Whakaipo Lodge perfectly positioned adjacent to ...
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  3. The Epic Great Lake Trail Cycle 2D1N, Self Guided

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    Enjoy two days of glorious cycling, explore the two premier sections of Great Lake Trail, cruise from Waihora Bay to Kinloch, and stay at the luxury boutique Whakaipo Lodge perfectly positioned adjacent to Whakaipo Bay, Lake Taupo. Take in spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the mountains of Tongariro National Park on the wheels by day, experience the peace and tranquility in your luxury suite by night, and taste a 4-course dinner featuring the best of local and lodge-grown ingredients accompanied by fine NZ wines. This two-day-one-night self guided Great Lake Trail cycling tour combines relaxation and adventure, and is sure to create unforgettable memories.

    Skirting the western shores of Lake Taupo, the Great Lake Trail provides 71km of all-weather riding through native forest with stunning views across Lake Taupo to the majestic Tongariro National Park. Proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, one of 22 New Zealand Great Rides, the Great Lake Trail takes you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo as well as a truly ancient area that is interwoven with Maori history and stories from a time past.

    Over the two days, you will cycle on Kawakawa K2K and two sections of Waihaha.

    At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to Whakaipo Lodge - an architect-designed lodge offering relaxed luxury in a beautiful location. Here, you can relax in the lounge with log fire in Winter, or in the stunning garden setting in Summer, with a glass of complimentary NZ wine or craft beer and canapés, a chat with your knowledgeable Kiwi hosts. Then enjoy a 4-course hosted dinner that delights your palette.

    The tour is self guided with pickup and dropoff Whakaipo Lodge. Bike hire, helmet, water bottle, personal locator beacon (PLB), and packed lunches are included. You only need to carry a daypack.

    Combining the best New Zealand cycling experience with award-winning Whakaipo Lodge accommodation, and fine food and wine, this is the epic cycling adventure on the Great Lake Trail.

    Please click to view Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling Map

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily on request

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Taupo, New Zealand
    Enjoy two days of glorious cycling, explore the two premier sections of Great Lake Trail, cruise from Waihora Bay to Kinloch, and stay at ...
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    From $627.18 Per Person, Twin Share
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