K2K Trail

Flowing downhill, stunning wetlands, secluded beaches perfect for a mid-way swim and sweeping views of Lake Taupo are just some of the highlights of the K2K Trail, part of the Kawakawa Section of the Great Lake Trails.

Flowing downhill, stunning wetlands, secluded beaches perfect for a mid-way swim and sweeping views of Lake Taupo are just some of the highlights of the K2K Trail, part of the Kawakawa Section of the Great Lake Trails.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    8.4 Km
  • Time
    1.5 hrs Cycling |3 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    Forrest | Pumice | Shared use

Elevation

The K2K Trail offers a mix of challenging climbs and swift descents through native bush, starting from Kinloch. It ascends to panoramic views at Codgers Rock lookout, then winds down to the tranquil Kawakawa Bay, enveloped by stunning lakefront scenery.

Elevation

Elevation | 320m

Climb | 2.9km

Descent | 3.7km

Flat | 1.8km


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Riding the K2K (Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch) Trail

The K2K (Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch) Trail, part of the Great Lake Trails, offers a versatile route that can be started from either Kinloch or Kawakawa Bay, and ridden as a linear trail or looped for a longer adventure.

From Kinloch, the trail begins by following markers along the scenic lakefront, leading to the official start where it ascends steadily through lush native bush. As you climb, your efforts are rewarded with magnificent, sweeping views from the top of the hill, particularly at Codgers Rock lookout, offering expansive vistas towards the western bays.

The journey continues with a flowy descent, guiding you down to the serene and picturesque Kawakawa Bay. Here, the tranquil waters and surrounding natural beauty provide a perfect setting for a restful break before continuing the ride or looping back to Kinloch. This route, with its challenging climbs and exhilarating descents, captures the essence of mountain biking in New Zealand, blending adventure with stunning natural landscapes.

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    Overnight e-Bike Adventures

    Join us for the ultimate private mountain e-biking adventure in the Central North Island and stay in a luxurious remote lodge for the night. You will experience a truly private, wilderness adventure, with your very own on-site accommodation and host.

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    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Guided Biking

    Take a tour of the Biking Capital of New Zealand with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Lake Taupo offers some of the most stunning scenic bike trails, and a guided bike tour is the perfect way to enjoy the experience.

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    Taxicat offers a unique water taxi transfer service for the Great Lake Trails.

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    Enjoy a scenic e-bike tour and learn about our breathtaking Huka Falls, the mighty crystal clear Waikato River, Aratiatia Dam & Rapids. Finish with a ride past an incredible geothermal stream in Wairakei. (previous MTB experience is good).

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    Got your own bike? Supervolcanic. Ride the Epic Waihaha section of the Great lake Trail with this transfer package from Kinloch.

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    Biking with Taupo Kayak Adventures is not the only way to enjoy the stunning scenery the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer. Join our professional guides on our many bike trails. We have an unguided option which includes bike hire and shuttle.

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    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Bike & Kayak Combo Tours

    Why not combine your mountain biking and kayaking trip into one fun adventure packed day? Enjoy the stunning scenery Great Lake Taupo and its surrounding area has on offer on both land and water.

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    FourB - Great Lake Trails 2-Day All Inclusive Package

    Part of the Super volcanic trail Network. Two nights B&B accommodation, meals and transport to mountain bike the Great Lake Trails over 2 days including the boat transfer from Waihaha on the first day and the K2K/W2K sections on the second day.

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    42 Traverse Guided E-Bike Ride

    Known as one of the best adventure mountain bike rides in New Zealand. A 46km Grade 3 guided mountain e-bike tour through the Tongariro Forest. The 42 Traverse takes you into sub-alpine New Zealand with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

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