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Holiday like the King and Queen of Crankworx

Want an exhilarating getaway like this? 

Back in 2020, international mountain bike legend Bas van Steenbergen and three-time Canadian downhill national champion Vaea Verbeeck holidayed in Taupo after Crankworx Rotorua.

Between riding epic trails, they threw themselves off a ledge, soaked in geothermal pools, and experienced Taupo's famous lakeside views and delectable dining.

If you're looking for a holiday of both premium rush and relaxation, this one is meant for you. Holiday like Bas and Vaea on this legendary biking getaway with exclusive deals from their itinerary.

And yes... the King and Queen of Crankworx are returning to Taupo soon! Stay tuned because you won't want to miss their next Taupo adventure.

Stay - Lakefront accommodation

Between the long days of traveling and riding, you'll instantly unwind in the comforting luxury of a one-bedroom suite at The Anchorage Resort. Check-in easily, unpack and choose how you'd like to chill out for the night.

Anchorage Resort

Situated by the lake, you will revel in Taupo's remarkable sunsets. The rolling hills of Acacia Bay and the alpine peaks of Tongariro National Park are the perfect setting for the pinks, oranges, and yellows, reflecting off the lake.

Or relax by the onsite heated pool and spa before your days of adventure up ahead.


Day one

Ride the Great Lake Trails

You make your way, both refreshed and energized, to the lakeside settlement of Kinloch.

This morning you begin your epic journey on one of New Zealand's Great Rides!

Bas van Steenbergen and Vaea Verbeeck riding the Great Lake Trails, Taupo New Zealand
Vaea and Bas riding the Great Lake Trails

Ride the Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trails along rocky ravines, cliff-top lookouts, and native bush with FourB. The towering rock cliffs and the spectacular views alone draw riders worldwide. An incredible bonus though is a waterfall hidden deep in the valley.

Your final reward is racing down into Kotukutuku Beach. Take a well-earned dip in Lake Taupo, where the water couldn't get any more refreshing on a warm summer day.

To get to and from the Waihora section a water taxi is a must - Bay2Bay Water Taxi (weekends) or Taxicat Adventures (midweek).

Bas and Vaea riding the Great Lake Trials

If you're keen to ride further, you can arrange for the water taxi to drop you at Kawakawa Bay. The second half of the K2K of the Great Lake Trails back to Kinloch (9km) won't disappoint!

30km | Intermediate | Grade 3

On a summer day, especially after a huge ride like the Great Lake Trails, there is nothing better than a cheesy pizza or classic burger to satisfy your hunger.

Once back in Kinloch's marina, a local secret is the wood-fired pizzas at the Kinloch General Store (only served during the summer season). Grab a pizza (or one of their delicious burgers) and enjoy the quaint beachfront.

Après-bike

Adrenaline pump over the Waikato 

Keep your adrenaline pumping at AJ Hackett Taupo Bungy. Bring your toes over the edge of New Zealand's only clifftop bungy. Don't look down but look up to the picturesque Waikato River. Even the thrill of falling 47 meters can't distract you from the Waikato's kaleidoscope of crystal-clear water. 

AJ Hackett Taupo Bungy
AJ Hackett Taupo Bungy

Try to elegantly angel-drive like Vaea, or choose the infamous "sole-dive,” a refreshing dive ankle-deep in the river.

For those wanting another rush, the anticipation is electrifying during the seconds before the AJ Hacket Taupo Swing drops you below the canyon, reaching speeds up to 70kmh.

If you’re brave, try the swing upside down.

Relax over the lake's edge

Lake Taupo is one of the region's greatest treasures.

After a long adventure, you cannot beat, sitting by the lakefront with a cold drink in your hand and watching the sunset wash over the mountains. While there are so many places to enjoy a lakefront evening drink, Two Mile Bay Sailing Club's outdoor patio sits right above the water's edge.

Bonus: Two Mile Bay Sailing Club is just a short walk from your accommodation for those tired legs. 


Day two

Explore Craters MTB Park

Bas van Steenbergen and Vaea Verbeeck riding Craters MTB Park in Taupo
Bas & Vaea riding Craters MTB Park

This morning take on the trails at the Craters MTB Park, just 10 minutes north of Taupo town. All trails run through exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations, suiting all ages and abilities from entry-level to technical, downhill trails. The volcanic pumice soils allow for all-year-round riding, ensuring perfect conditions, every day.

Local favorites for some serious thrills are Cole's Killer and Buzzard!

2-50km | Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced | Grade 2-5

NOTE: Shuttle services only available by prebooking with FourB.

Après-bike

Satisfy your hunger with cheesy goodness

Kefi at the Hub

You're going to need some sustenance after an epic day at Craters. Kefi at the Hub will be sure you don't go hungry with some great hearty lunches like lamb meatballs and cheesy poutine (chips smothered with gravy, gooey cheese, and your choice of slow-cooked meat).

Witness the wonder of Huka Falls

While you're in the Wairakei Tourist Park, just 5 minutes from Craters MTB Park is the iconic Huka Falls. One of New Zealand's most visited natural scenic attractions, the sound, and sight of thousands of liters of water rushing through the gorge is a must-see.

 

You'll even find a second wind to ride the Huka Trails from Huka Falls. These trails are another round of stunning natural scenery and adrenaline, cycling along the beautiful Waikato River.

Soak in Taupo's healing hot pools

Complete your epic adventure and rest your tired muscles at Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Spa adults-only thermal hot pools.

Couple at Wairakei Terraces Health & Thermal Spa - Hot Pools - Taupo, New Zealand
Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Surrounded by native bush and set below silica terraces and waterfalls, these thermal pools are rich in minerals and will have your body rejuvenated for another day in the saddle. Traveling from pool to pool at different temperatures is the perfect way to end your biking holiday like Bas and Vaea.

Book your next biking holiday today!

  • Bungy

    AJ Hackett Bungy Taupo

    New Zealand's highest cliff-top Bungy Jump - located 47 metres (154 feet) above the Waikato River, check out the stunning views before taking the plunge into or towards the crystal clear waters below.

    $185
  • Motels

    Anchorage Resort Taupo

    Located on the shore of Lake Taupo. Luxury studio & 1 bedrooms, family 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Large outdoor area with heated pools & spa pool, furniture & BBQs. Indoor spa pool and sauna. Free parking, complementary WiFi. Air conditioning.

    $150 - $480
  • Airport shuttles

    FourB - Great Lake Trails Shuttles

    Shuttle transfers for all sections of the Great Lake Trails in Taupo including booking the water taxi transfer from the Waihaha section in the Western Bays of Lake Taupo.

    $45 - $150
  • Hot pools & health spas

    Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

    Bathe in mineral & silica enriched thermal pools strategically located below the Wairakei silica terraces and waterfall, providing a perfect setting for complete rest and relaxation and a ‘feel back in time’ sensation.

    $15 - $25

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