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Winter is only the beginning of a rad mountain biking season in the Taupō region. So, get the inside scoop on exhilarating sessions and local secrets for an exciting winter mountain bike getaway.
Taupō’s ancient volcanoes gift us Lake Taupō’s gin-clear waters and surrounding geothermal hot pools.
The volcanic underbelly heats natural hot springs – perfect for warming up after a winter ride.
Some of the best hot pools are within biking distance of beautiful trails.
Local two-wheeled fanatic and FourB Bike Tours, Shuttles & Hire owner, Jonny, says a ride “around the Huka Trails and finishing at the Wairakei Terraces is just the ticket!”. For an extended outing, the tranquil Wairakei Terraces is close to the popular Rotary Ride, along with the free hot springs, Otumuheke Stream, at the start (or end).
Your legs will thank you as they sink into the bubbling hot springs. After a hot pool soak, you will be renewed and keen for another epic ride.
For those more adventurous, Jonny suggests a polar plunge into Lake Taupō. “You've just gotten sweaty (because you are wearing more layers) and burned some extra calories. So, diving into a cold Lake Taupō means you'll recover faster (burn even more calories) and feel super fresh and ready for a craft beer afterward!"
Speaking of craft beer and hot cuppas, the epic café culture here rivals those of big cities.
The best of both worlds, the café and MTB culture, is at play in Taupō. You won’t be surprised to see mountain bikes lined up outside the cafes and eateries right off the bike trails.
Local riders and visitor mountain bikers conglomerate together for a hearty pre-ride breakfast or a post-ride bevvie and a yarn.
Taupō has so many great eateries that are easy to access before, during and after your ride that we’ve made a dedicated list of our top picks.
It's no secret Kiwis love a comfy stay, and we do it so well!
We’ve got heaps of acclaimed lodges and award-winning B&Bs specialising in inclusive mountain bike packages.
So, ride and play all you wish this winter season!
Grab your mates for an extreme mountain biking adventure in the backcountry of Poronui Lodge. Thanks to Poronui’s fast trails and expert guides, you will be in pure trail nirvana only topped off by the luxury rooms. Or wanting to ride the Timber Trail? FourB's two-night inclusive package makes your Timber Trail adventure easy. With hearty meals, cozy rooms and bike shuttles, all you have to do is enjoy the ride!
The cozy, carefree packages don’t stop there...
Whakaipo Lodge is the ultimate winter MTB stay to experience the scenic and remote Great Lake Trails. After an 87km ride of volcanic landscapes, lake views and waterfall vistas, tuck into the cozy stay right by the Great Ride.
The Taupō region offers some of the best all-in-one experiences, from cozy warm accommodations to guided bike tours and shuttles to the best North Island trails.
We all love the state of flow when we hit the perfect trail.
But why stop there!
We cannot say it enough...but look at those extraordinary views.
Between the vibrant blues of Lake Taupō on a still winter day and the bold whites of Tongariro’s snow-capped peaks, it takes your breath away.
A favourite of avid mountain biker and owner of Whakaipo Lodge, Garth, is a leisurely visit to the iconic Whakaipo Bay “with its beautiful beach and majestic 200m high ignimbrite cliffs.
“This is also the beginning or end of the W2K section of the Great Lake Trail. If you don't feel like riding a whole section, ride for 20 minutes up the track to the first seat. It rewards with superb views over Lake Taupō, Tongariro National Park and its three majestic volcanoes."
Believe it or not, winter elevates Taupō’s incredible landscapes to the next level!
“Winter is coming” doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of the Taupō mountain bikers (maybe a few Game of Thrones fans, though). There’s a reason they call it the “Winterless North,” and for mountain bikers, it’s no exception!
Riding through a mud-ridden trail is the worst. For mountain bikers, this signals the end of riding season.
But not in the Taupō region. The region is famous for its volcanic, pumice, "free draining soil. The pumice is the facilitator and allows the free draining of extra rain we tend to get. So even if you're unlucky enough to catch some rain, most trails remain in great condition” - Jonny from FourB.
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Thanks to inclusive bonuses like bike shuttles, free entry to the hot pools, guided MTB tours and cozy winter accommodation, booking your next winter MTB trip has never been easier. And winter riding has never been better!
Just because New Zealand weather in winter gets nippy, doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about the outdoors. Taupo is stunning during the winter months, so rug up warm and experience the best winter activities New Zealand has to offer.