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Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Waihaha Hut Track

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#123 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#7,568 in the world

You can do this track as a one day out and back ride or make a weekend of it, and stay in the hut. However it's a grade 4 ride so is not entirely suitable for bike-packing with overnight gear including sleeping bag, food, cooker etc.

It's a technical back-country ride on a hiking track that has been upgraded to make it almost all rideable. You'll be going up a river valley in regenerating forest but you'll get the odd good view.

Do not confuse this track with the "Great Lake Trail - Waihaha". They both start at the same place but the Waihaha Hut Trail goes upstream rather than down to Lake Taupo.

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 27km turn left into Western Bays Road. You'll reach the Waihaha River bridge after a further 15km. The car park is on the left. Don't leave anything valuable in your car - this car park has a bad reputation for break-ins.
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  • Jim Cummings

    If you like an back-country wilderness trail then the Waihaha Hut Track could be for you. I didn't rate it highly but it is a good challenge. The forest is far from pristine but as a ride it does have its moments.

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