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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Whether you're tackling the K2K trail or exploring more forest routes of the Great Lake Trails, the Taupō region offers unforgettable rides amidst supervolcanic landscapes and lush wilderness. With over 65 individual trails and more than 330 kilometers of riding paths, your adventure through this biking paradise is sure to be exhilarating and memorable.

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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.

    $595 Book now
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    Tongariro Mountain Bikes

    Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best mountain bike country in New Zealand. We know trails that ride through stunning scenery, immersing you in native forest and along side magnificent rivers full of trout and can be relaxing or challenging.

    $65 - $299
  • Custom transfers

    Mangakino Shuttle Service

    Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of the famous Waikato River Trail as you Bike or walk in an ever-changing, Breathtaking landscape, for just a few hours, or travel more of the trail over 2 to 5 days. Shuttle, Bike Hire and accommodation available.

    $20 - $60
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    Taupo Kayaking Adventures - Bike Tours & Bike Hire

    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.

    $100 - $400
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    FourB - Timber Trail All Inclusive Package

    Timber Trail 2-day all inclusive package. One night in Taupo, one night in the Timber Trail Lodge, meals and luggage transfers ex Taupo.

    $649 - $799 Book now
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    FourB - Waihaha -Shuttle, Boat & Bike hire Package

    The Great Lake Trail Waihaha-Waihora section Including return road transfer, scenic boat transfer and bike hire to enjoy one of the best one day trails in the North Island. Some previous trail riding is important as it is an intermediate trail.

    $295 - $325 Book now
  • 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 Book now
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    Tree Trunk Gorge Guided Mountain Bike

    This is a short but beautiful track that weaves its way through native forest and includes a short steep climb, a picturesque river ford and some wooden bridges. This is an intermediate trail with lots of fun to be had.

    $115 Book now
  • Activities & tours

    Camp Epic - Timber Trail Shuttles, Hire, Glamping

    Shuttles, bike/ebike hire and glamping accommodation on the Timber Trail - one of New Zealand's Great Rides.

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