W2K Trail - Great Lake Trails

The W2K trail is part of the Whakaipo Section of the Great Lake Trails. It provides great views across Lake Taupo and back down towards Kinloch, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the country.

The W2K trail is part of the Whakaipo Section of the Great Lake Trails. It provides great views across Lake Taupo and back down towards Kinloch, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the country.

Trail Stats and Map

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

Elevation

The W2K trail in New Zealand provides a stunning ride with varied elevations, featuring gradual climbs, thrilling descents, and flat stretches. Suitable for all levels of mountain bikers, the trail traverses through forests, over pumice, and across areas of loose gravel.

Elevation

Elevation | 555m

Climb | 5.7km

Descent | 6.1km

Flat | 1.3km


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Riding the W2K Trail

The W2K Trail of the Great Lake Trails starts from Kinloch and loops over the eastern peninsula of Whangamata Bay and into Whakaipo Bay. This section has two distance options. The loop is a grade 3 intermediate trail, 13.1km in length, with a few scenic stops along the route. The Headland Loop Trail adds on an additional 9.5km and is a little more physical than the main route. The ducking and diving through the trees as the trail twists lengthens the route, but you will find yourself out on the edge of the peninsula with stunning vistas over Lake Taupo.

Before setting out be sure to organise your transport back to Kinloch from Whakaipo Bay. There is road access into the bay, so dropping a vehicle there is an option or book a shuttle to pick you up. The other option is booking a water taxi to collect you off the shores of the bay and jet you back around to Kinloch. Alternatively you can ride this section from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch.

At the Kinloch Domain you will find a shelter with a map and bike washdown area. Start riding the W2K trail from here. Follow the markers around the marina, along the lakefront and then up a gully to Boojum Dell.

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