Rally up your friends, leave work stress behind and reconnect with nature this autumn on a rejuvenating three-day break of exploration, adventure and active wellness.
Discover Taupō’s world-class mountain biking and walking trails, stunning natural wonders and great local cuisine on this wellness escape that will have you returning home feeling completely refreshed, rewarded and reconnected.
Taupō is easily accessible by car from every direction and is only 3.5 hours south of Auckland.
Here are some suggestions to help you cover off some of Taupō’s very best in just three days:
Day 1 - Kinloch
Base yourself overnight in Kinloch - a picturesque village set on a quiet bay near the top of Lake Taupō, just 20 minutes from Taupō town. There are various Airbnb options or a handful of bike-friendly commercial B&B’s to chose from.
By mountain bike or foot, spend time exploring the Great Lake Trail. Coordinating logistics is easy from Kinloch with several shuttles and mountain biking guides operating from here, ready and willing to help you with mountain bikes, transport and the best local knowledge.
A favourite with locals, the W2K section (13 or 21.5km) starts from Kinloch and loops over the eastern peninsula of Whangamata Bay and into Whakaipo Bay. Expect long flowing descents, stunning vistas over Lake Taupō, lookouts, and excellent single-track riding through stunning native bush. Whakaipo Bay’s sweeping beach and crystal-clear water is the perfect place for a swim and picnic after your ride.
Before setting out be sure to organise your transport back to Kinloch from Whakaipo Bay. There is road access into the bay, so dropping a vehicle there is an option or book a shuttle to pick you up. The other option is booking a water taxi to collect you off the shores of the bay and jet you back around to Kinloch. Find out more about the W2K section of the Great Lake Trail.
- Grade 3 intermediate
- 13km or 21.5km one way - can be ridden in both directions
- 2.5 – 3.5 hours biking
- 6 hours walking
- Dog friendly
Maps are located at the Kinloch Domain or check out www.greatlaketrail.com for more information.
Be sure to call by for a drink or meal at the Tipsy Trout, located at Kinloch harbour with sweeping views of the beach.
'The Tipsy’, as it’s warmly referred to by locals, serves up delicious food, tasty Manuka Brothers’ coffee and boasts an excellent New Zealand wine list as well as locally brewed craft beers. The perfect place to wind down after a day of outdoor activities.
Make a visit to the 3 Art Gallery, located on Whangamata Road in Kinloch. The gallery brings together the work of three local Taupō artisans; Chris Hooton, Nancy Tschetner and Troy Grimwood, who specialize in using native and exotic wood and naturally coloured New Zealand sands. Here you can purchase a unique piece of art work, view the artists in action, or join a workshop and create your own special piece of art.
Did you know...
Kinloch is home to two excellent golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus designed The Kinloch Club that has been ranked as the best golf course in New Zealand - surrounded by rolling hills, and epic mountainous backdrops.