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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Tree Trunk Gorge

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#131 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#7,693 in the world

The Tree Trunk Gorge Track traverses a beautiful beech forest in the rugged terrain of the Kaimanawa Forest Park. The trail is rough, rocky and it's boggy when wet. Most riders will do a bit of pushing here and there. There are river crossings. They are non-threatening when not in flood but you will get wet feet.

The Track starts near the bridge over the Tongariro River on the sealed Tree Trunk Gorge Road. It then undulates through the forest above the gorge for about 5km when it meets Kaimanawa Road at the Urchin Camp Ground. That's where the Pillars of Hercules Track starts. For a description of the Pillars of Hercules Track cut and paste this URL into your browser: https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/pillars-of-hercules.html

The best way to ride the Tree Trunk Gorge Track is to combine it in an 18km loop with the Pillars of Hercules Track. Park just off the Desert Road on Tree Trunk Gorge Road. Ride down Tree Trunk Gorge Road, then the Tree Trunk Gorge Track, then the Pillars of Hercules Track which takes you back up to the Desert Road. Then it's just a 2km ride down that busy highway back to Tree Trunk Gorge Road.

First added by Ginny_Tory on Jun 22, 2013. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Go south from Turangi on state highway one for 22km to Tree Trunk Gorge Road. You'll find the start of the trail just over the bridge which is about 6km down that road. You won't miss the big DOC sign. If you intend to ride the loop combining the Tree Trunk Gorge Track and the Pillars of Hercules Track then you will probably want to park just off SH1 on Tree Trunk Gorge Road and ride from there.
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  • Jim Cummings

    The track itself is pretty awful but the location is stunning. Best to ride it in an 18km loop combining it with Pillars of Hercules.

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  • fergnago

    Best to do in summer months, very wet today when I rode it( sept) some gnarly climbs. Lovely native bush

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