“A picturesque and challenging journey through the Kaimanawa Forest Park.”
— Megan W
The Tree Trunk Gorge trail passes through classic central North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers and over two impressive gorges as it tracks along the upper section of the Tongariro River.
The trail can be ridden as a point to point ride with prearranged shuttles (from either Taupo or Turangi) providing transport; or as a 14km round trip if youre using your own transport. The trail is easily accessed via Kaimanawa Road, just off State Highway 1. Car parking is available at the northern end of the trail, at The Pillars of Hercules; or at the southern end, off Tree Trunk Gorge Road.
Starting from the northern end, the trail begins with a challenging climb for a kilometer before leveling out to reveal beautiful river fords and wooden bridges as you ride up the river. The last part of the trail is made up of a very technical descent followed by a steep climb.
The track is best enjoyed in fairer weather conditions and be prepared as the river crossings can be cold during the winter. Note: there is only limited mobile phone reception on the trail.