Tongariro River Trail
The Tongariro River Trail is a relaxing ride, along one of the North Island’s most popular rivers.
It is perfectly suited for families and casual riders seeking to explore the native bush and clear waters of the river, without having to ride a long distance.
The track is a grade 2 trail on mostly flat terrain, making it suitable for children and beginner riders to enjoy.
It’s a 15km loop track of undulating, yet comfortable ground, which will take a family a couple of hours to complete (or close to an hour for more experienced riders).
Getting There :
The trail begins at the car park next to the Tongariro River Bridge on State Highway 1 in Turangi, where you can park your car. Alternatively you can take a shuttle service from Taupo or Turangi to the trail head.
There are alternative starting points along the trail where you can park your car at the scenic reserves and begin your ride from there. This means shorter routes can be tailored to suit your particular needs. Contact the Turangi i-SITE or one of the shuttle services who will help you customize the best drop off and pick up point for you.
The trail has a variety of scenic locations to stop off at for a picnic lunch, or even a quick dip in the river to cool off during the hot summer months.
The Tongariro National Trout Centre is also on route, where you can get up close to the beautiful trout which inhabit the Tongariro River, or view the endangered native Whio (Blue Duck) at the newly purpose-built hardening facillity.
The trail can be ridden in all weather conditions and mobile phone coverage is good throughout the ride.
Key Information :
|Time Required||1-2 hours|
|Toilets||Turangi Township or the Tongariro National Trout Centre|
|Shuttle|| Yes. Book shuttle services prior to departure.
See the shuttles and guides page for more information.
Download the printable PDF of this Tongariro River Trail information.
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