Minginui Waikite Valley Explorer

Route Overview

General Overview
The Minginui Waikite Valley Explorer departs Taupo and loops back to Taupo on a 251 km route made up of tarmac,and public access gravel roads.

It takes you through Whirinaki Forest, interesting back country gravel roads through farmland and forestry, Minginui, Waikite Valley, and past Lake Ohakuri.
Start/Finish Point
While this Exploration Route can be started at any point along the way, it has been structured to start and end at Z Tauhara Taupo, this is where the GPX file for Leg 1 starts.
Terrain includes
This route aims to have as many gravel roads as possible and while there are still a reasonable number of tarmac stretches, the number of gravel roads will please any gravel seeking rider. All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1 and Grade 2.

There are a number of small streams to ford but nothing that poses any challenge when the streams are running at normal flow rates. Most will be running around 2 to 6 inches deep.
251 km.
Max Fuel Leg
130 km.
Ride Time
3.45 hrs.
Access Permission
No permission is needed to access the routes in this Exploration Route however please note that some of the gravel roads pass through public access easement property. While it is legal to pass through these areas it is important to stick to the road.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. If there has been recent heavy rain then the fords can become deep and the road rutted. On the Waikaremoana road be aware of camper vans, and vehicles towing boats.
Preparation and Safety
While this is not considered a technical route it does include a few semi-remote areas so it is recommended to ride this as a group with typical adventure riding equipment including bike tools, spares and a PLB or emergency beacon.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Leg 1 <span>(24 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (24 photos)