Central Stunner - 3 day cycle tour on the Waikato River Trail and Timber Trail
Join us on an epic 3 day adventure taking on two of NZ’s iconic cycle trails! Come and see what the central North Island has to offer, from the mighty Waikato River to ancient forests and thrilling suspension bridges – this package is well suited to those wanting to get off the beaten track. Suitable for intermediate riders, or for those with a moderate to high fitness level.
Day one - starts at Lake District Adventures’ base where we take a scenic drive to the southern end of the Waikato River Trail. Starting off at Atiamuri you’ll ride through to Whakamaru for a lunch break and then on to Mangakino. The trail hugs the river’s edge which affords some magnificent views, and you’ll cross a hydro-electric dam and a swing-bridge along the way.
You’ll be met by your driver next to the waterfront at Lake Maraetai and shuttled to the Timber Trail Lodge for a relaxing and comfortable evening including a hearty dinner. Website https://www.timbertraillodge.co.nz/
Day two - time to hit the Timber Trail. A hearty breakfast will set you up for the 40km section from Pureora, and with a 15km gradual climb straight out of the blocks your fortitude will be tested! Wind your way through ancient native forest and across 2 incredible suspension bridges, reaching an altitude of 970m before descending across the Piropiro Flats and back to the Lodge for a game of cards or a drink by the fire.
Day three - dawns and the final stage of the Timber Trail awaits. Set off from the Lodge towards Ongarue, a mere 42km away! You’ll cross NZ’s longest and highest rideable suspension bridge, see remnants of logging history, and encounter the nationally significant Ongarue Spiral. Your driver will be waiting to return you to Lake District Adventures base – congratulations, you’ve knocked it over!
2 nights’ accommodation at the Timber Trail Lodge
2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
All shuttle transport and baggage transfers
Ensuite room upgrade
Guided – from $779pp
Self-Guided – from $605pp
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