TeKuiti -Taupo Exploration Route

Route Overview

General Overview
The Te Kuiti - Taupo Exploration Route is a day ride that includes some of the best public gravel roads in the area. These include an awesome section through Kohua, Owen, Oniao, Aria Matiere, and Takiri Roads.
This Exploration Route is best ridden in good weather as the views on a clear day are superb.
Start/Finish Point
This ride is an A to B ride. Starting at Te Kuiti and ending at Taupo.
The GPX files are in this direction. It can be ridden either direction.
Terrain includes
Awesome windy tarmac roads, great metal roads, fantastic scenery.
All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1 in dry conditions.
214 km.
Max Fuel Leg
32 km into the route you will reach Piopio where fuel is available.
At 129 km, on weekdays, fuel is available at Benneydale. (Maniati.)
Ride Time
Average ride time is 4 hours at a steady pace, allowing plenty of time to have a good look around some of the interesting places.
Access Permission
All roads within this Exploration Route are publicly accessible so access permission is not required.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. While it is possible to ride this route all year round, if there has been recent heavy rain there can be slippery muddy sections.
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.
Also be aware of logging trucks.

Legs in this Exploration Route

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Author of this article: RossBowden