In the spirit of the NINER tagline #golonggetlost we decided to pack the bikes and go on a series of riding adventures over the summer months. Doing stuff like this makes you truly appreciate what a stunning place to ride NZ is and how easy it is to access some pretty insane trails.
Our first mission was to ride a two day loop from Taupo taking in The Timber Trail and all it has to offer. If you are looking for a full on ride, don’t mind the odd bit of road and don’t want to mess around with shuttle buses then check this out. We departed Taupo and headed out on Poihipi road, this road is a bit busy so we opted to turn off towards Kinloch onto Whangamata road which is seriously hilly but has far less traffic. Once we hit SH32 we turned right and then first left onto Kakaho Road. This scenic gravel road takes you all the way through the Pureora forest to the start of the Timber trail and is a real treat. The Timber Trail itself has to be one of the most spectacular trails in the North Island and no matter how many times we do it, it never fails to impress.
The trails winds through incredible ancient forests. The trees are huge and you feel so small and insignificant in this part of the world. The bird life is amazing, you can hear Kaka screeching, the bellbirds singing and swooping sounds of the Kereru as they fly overhead. What an amazing feeling to leave the front door of the house and a few hours later be riding through the depths of the Pureora Forest.