Great Lake Trail


On the shores of Lake Taupō lies an epic mountain biking adventure. What began as a pipe dream for a crew of local trail builders has evolved into the stunning Great Lake Trail, a 71km mountain biking and walking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupō.

The Great Lake Trail traverses some of the most remote areas of the lake shore on a stretch of land between Waihaha Bridge in the west to Whakaipo Bay in the north. A boat shuttle links the different sections of the trail, providing pick ups and drop offs from various picturesque bays along the trail.

The Great Lake Trail will take you into a truly ancient area that is interwoven with Māori history and stories from a time past. You can feel the history surrounding you as you ride into the forest and the landscape unfolds to reveal stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Dramatic scenery combines with serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, native bird song and incredible trail quality to deliver an unforgettable experience.

The Great Lake Trail is proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

The Great Lake Trail is broken up into three key sections which can be ridden in either direction.

For the best experience you can base yourself in Kinloch, and ride in a west to east direction starting with the Waihaha section, ending at the W2K section. The picturesque lakeside village of Kinloch is just 20 minutes southwest of Taupo town and offers a handful of bike-friendly B&B's, or various AirBnB options nearby. Coordinating logistics is easy, with several shuttles and guiding companies operating out of Kinloch.


Waihaha section: 30km

Kawakawa section: 17.7km

W2K section: 21.4km

Time Allow 1 - 3 days
Grade 3
Trail usage Dual use - walking and biking
Direction Both directions
Transport, bike hire & guides

Yes - both land and boat transfers available. Please book prior to departure. 



A picturesque village set on a quiet bay near the top of Lake Taupo, Kinloch is an in-the-know hideaway, particularly for keen golfers and mountain bikers. 


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Physical address:
3985 Western Bay Rd