Kiko Loop Track

This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views of Lake Taupō.

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This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views of Lake Taupō.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Total Distance
    4 Km
  • Total Time
    1.5 hours
  • Ability
    Grade 2 |Easy
  • Trail Type
    Forest | Dirt Path


The Kiko Loop Track offers a fun mix of moderate climbs, gentle descents, and flat sections. This scenic trail takes you through beautiful landscapes, providing a perfect adventure for hikers and cyclists who enjoy varied terrain and rewarding views along the way.


Elevation | 785m

Climb | 1.7km

Descent | 1.7km

Flat | 534m

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Riding the Kiko Loop Track Trail

The Kiko Loop Track is an easy 3.9km loop walking and biking track that will take you around 1.5 hours walking, or 45 minutes if you are biking.

The track begins 27 km northeast of Turangi (turn off SH1 onto Kiko Road). Follow this road for 17 km to the car park.

A feature of this track is the variety of forest in a relatively small area. The western side is a podocarp forest of matai, miro and rimu. To the northeast the forest is red and silver beech and kamahi with an understorey of crown fern. Looking to the northwest the bush was milled right up the track and is now regenerating.

In the distance is a view of Lake Taupo.

Along the eastern side of the loop, you'll see trees banded with aluminium to protect a rare species of red mistletoe from browsing possums. Look out for the inquisitive North Island robin as you walk around the loop.

There is good hunting in the area, as well as access to the upper Tauranga-Taupo river for fishing.


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