Route Overview

General Overview
The TTT is a 535 kilometre Exploration Route made up of the best gravel back roads from Taupo and looping back to Taupo via Te Kuiti.
If you like taking your time when riding, soaking in the sights and snapping off photos along the way then this route lends itself well to be ridden over two days.
Start/Finish Point
While this Exploration Route can be started at any point along the route, the natural start/finish point is Taupo. At this location there are fuel stations to fuel up for the day. The GPX files and route information supplied for this Exploration Route start and finish at Taupo.
Terrain includes
This route aims to have as many gravel roads as possible and while there are still a reasonable number of tarmac stretches, nice and windy, the number of gravel roads will please any gravel seeking rider. All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1.
535 km total distance.
Max Fuel Leg
The maximum distance between fuel stops is 150 km.
Ride Time
This Exploration Route is made up of two legs. It is designed to be ridden over two days for a relaxed paced ride at around 4.5 hours conservative seat time for Leg 1 and around 5 hours conservative seat time for Leg 2.
Te Kuiti. The accommodation options are restricted to motels.
Full details on the accommodation available are provided in the Leg 1 route notes.
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 very 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.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Leg 1 <span>(18 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (18 photos)
Leg 2 <span>(21 photos)</span>
Leg 2 (21 photos)