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Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Pathway (Lion's Walk) is perfectly suited for families and offers spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the snow-capped peaks of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.
This walking and biking track is fairly flat and has plenty of stop off points for breaks, coffee and ice-cream, swims and photo opportunities.
Ideal picnic and swimming spots can be found along the way. There are toilet facilities in all the bays and a children’s playground and barbeque facility at Wharewaka Point. This track is suitable for pushchairs and dogs are permitted.
The Great Lake Pathway trail begins at the Taupo Boat Harbour, where Redoubt Street meets Ferry Road. There are plenty of parking options along the length of the ride so you can start and finish the trail at any point you choose.
From Taupo Boat Harbour it heads along the lakefront, along which you can see stunning views across the lake toward Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. The track passes a number of popular hotels and motels, as well as hot water spots where you can stop and dip your toes in the hot sand.
The paved walkway continues on past the Three Mile Bay boat ramp, taking in more secluded bays with boats moored and some lovely holiday homes. There are a number of picnic and rest areas on the lakefront where you can stop and take in the views or have a swim.
Kowhai trees have been planted along the way to provide shelter for local wildlife. Ducks and swans can usually be seen as you pass by.
|Direction||Return via the same track|
|Shuttles||Transport is unlikely to be needed but is available if desired|
|Dog access||Yes, dogs allowed|