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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +560/ -723 ft
Total: 4 riders

Mountain Biking Great Lake Trail - K2K

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#73 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#6,099 in the world

There are three good ways to ride the K2K...

*** 1. Ride it out and back from Kinloch for a 40km ride taking about 5 hours....
*** 2. Make a loop of it by riding the sealed roads from Kinloch to the trail-head on Whangamata Road and riding back on the trail. 42km, about 5 hours....
*** 3. Get a shuttle from Kinloch to the trail start on Whangamata Road. Then ride back. Its just 20km and should take you about 3 hours...

The trail starts with a wonderful smooth, flowing down-slope run to the lake with views over the expansive blue waters to the magnificent volcanoes beyond. This initial section of the trail is called Orakau. There is a toilet and beach before a gentle climb over Te Kauwae Point. You're usually riding under an open forest canopy in dappled light but there are frequent open spaces and rest areas with stunning views to the south. As for the trail, it doesn't falter for an inch - it's a mellow flowing singletrack marvel all the way.

First added by Jim Cummings on Jan 20, 2017. Last updated Apr 21, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Leave Taupo heading north on State Highway 1. After 1.3km, at the top of the hill, turn left onto Poihipi Road. After 9.7km turn left onto Whangamata Road, in another 7.5km turn left into Kinloch Road. You'll arrive at Kinloch in 2km where you'll spot the parking area beside the fire station. There are lots of signs to help.

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