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There are few better ways to enjoy Taupo's epic scenery, lake, riverside picnic spots and stunning native bush than from the saddle of a bike. Taupo offers a number of excellent family-friendly trails that are fun, scenic and perfect for building confidence.
The Tongariro River Trail, starting in Turangi, is a gentle 14km loop track suitable for families and recreational riders. It follows the world-famous trout river past rolling farmland, beech forests and fern glades with spectacular views at almost every bend.
Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short 5-minute drive from Taupo town, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country.
Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Pathway along Taupo's lakefront is bike riding at its most basic level — even tots with training wheels can cope with this ride. Perfect for the whole family with great lunch, coffee, ice-cream and picnic spots along the way.
The Huka Trails vary between grade 1 to 3 and meander along both sides of the Waikato River, connecting Taupo town with Huka Falls, Aratiatia Dam, the Wairakei Tourist Park and Craters Mountain Bike Park. Take a leisurely short ride or make a day of it.
Sections of the Waikato River Trails are suitable for children of all ages. These are the Karapiro, Maraetai and parts of the Whakamaru sections. The Waipapa & Arapuni sections are more suited to older teenagers.
Taupō has long been a favourite family holiday spot where kids can get out into nature and go adventuring, just like kids are made to do. Our family itinerary highlights the best of our fun activities to suit every age and stage in the family.