Great Lake Trails

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↑ 1,800 m
↓ 1,900 m
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About this trail
There are three Great Lake Trails, all on the northern side of Lake Taupo. From east to west they are:

1. Great Lakes Trail - W2K, from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay. Best to start at Kinloch and get a shuttle back, 24km, 3 hours, including a detour called the Headland Trail. Alternatively ride back taking the 14km shortcut for a total of 38km, 4 hours...

2. Great Lakes Trail - K2K. From Whangamata Road to Kinloch. Best to start with a road shuttle from Kinloch, 20km, 3hours. Alternatively ride out and back from Kinloch, 40km, 5 hours. A third alternative is to make a loop of it by riding out on the roads, 42km, 5 hours...

3. Great Lakes Trail - Waihaha. Best to start at Kinloch with a road shuttle to the Waihaha River bridge on Western Bays Road and end with a boat shuttle back to Kinloch, 30km, 4 hours...

The trails are absolutely brilliant - bendy, humpy, and flowing - a symphony of gentle singletrack artistry. The scenery is stunning and the bush a dream coat. All in all, they are rare gems - scenic, mellow , semi-wilderness rides on fun trails.

There are a number of shuttles and bike hire places in the city of Taupo. Drop into the i-site (information centre), on the main street for the really nice trail maps and any other information you need. Taupo is a big tourist centre with lots of other attractions that they can help you with as well.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Great Lake Trail - Waihaha
Great Lake Trail - K2K
Great Lake Trail - W2K
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (8 total check-ins)
  Craig Elliott   on Aug 31, 2019
  blondblunder   on Oct 27, 2018
  Xman   on May 4, 2018
  blurbiker   on Nov 10, 2017
  fergnago   on Sep 21, 2016
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Reviews (7)

Granny Gear

January 26, 2017
Aggodfrey Granny Gear  
Review: Amazing trail! Spend a couple days here and do it as two out-and-back trails. Good flow and beautiful views.


January 21, 2017
rohink Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail with the views to match, awesome swimming spot at the end.


September 22, 2016
fergnago Gramcounter  
Review: Rode Waikapo bay to kinloch including the headland loop. After lots of rain the track was very soggy with lots of boggy sections. Still rideable and awesome scenery. A must do ride


September 9, 2016
fergnago Gramcounter  
Review: One of the most scenic rides in the north island, a must do ride

World Champ

July 31, 2015
Review: Got to be in your list of must-ride New Zealand trails! They are intermediate trails - not suitable for absolute beginners.


July 28, 2015
Desperado Trailblazer  
Review: No doubt about it - this is one of the world's great semi-wilderness mountain bike trails. It's the ultimate mellow adventure ride. Technically interesting all the way and gloriously scenic. It's enlightening, sensuously thrilling, and fun, fun, fun. It life you can't ask for more!!!!

World Champ

January 22, 2015
Review: Absolutely brilliant trails! Bendy, humpy, fun to ride from beginning to end and glorious views to go with it.

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