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The K2K Trail is usually ridden as a loop return starting from Kinloch. You can either ride back from Kawakawa Bay or loop back via the Orakau Trail and the Otaketake Trail. A shorter option is to get shuttled to the start of the Orakau Trail.
From Kinloch, follow the markers along the lakefront to the start of the trail. The trail climbs steadily through native bush. Your climbing efforts will be rewarded by magnificent, sweeping views from the top of the hill up towards the western bays (Codgers Rock lookout). A flowy descent will take you down to beautiful Kawakawa Bay.
|Time||1.5-2 hours cycling | 6 hours walking|
|Direction||The trail can be ridden in both directions, however we recommend riding from Kinloch to Kawakawa Bay.|
|Access, transport & guides||Park your vehicle in Kinloch and arrange for your shuttle to drop you off at the start of the Kawakawa section (Orakau carpark, Whangamata Road) - just 20 minutes from Kinloch.|
|Water taxi||A pre-booked boat transfer is available from Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch (for those wishing to complete the first 10.25 km only of this section). A great option for those with low fitness levels or for children. Bookings are essential.|
|Dog access||Yes, dogs allowed|
|Trails nearby||Orakau Trail and Otaketake Trail|