Starting at the top of Desert Road the Pillars of Hercules ride also includes Tree Trunk Gorge and the a bit of bush bashing back to Turangi finishing on the river trail. A bit of climbing here and there, a great little stream crossing or two, and the awesome Pillars swing bridge are just a few of the ride highlights. As an A to B ride it involves a couple of vehicles to ferry to the start point then back out to pick up the car(s).
Thoroughly enjoyable if you don’t mind a bit of rough along the way.
About 40km in total to Turangi with around 400m of vertical drop along the way.
A ride best done as part of a weekend away finishing with Taupo’s wonderful W2K the day after.