Waihaha Section

Discover the Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trails made up of two interconnected trails: the Waihaha Link and the Waihora Link. The Taupō region’s supervolcanic nature is on full display with towering volcanic rock cliffs, breathtaking vistas, and a secluded waterfall nestled within the Waihaha Valley.

Discover the Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trails made up of two interconnected trails: the Waihaha Link and the Waihora Link. The Taupō region’s supervolcanic nature is on full display with towering volcanic rock cliffs, breathtaking vistas, and a secluded waterfall nestled within the Waihaha Valley.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    30 Km
  • Time
    4 - 5 hrs Cycling | 7.5 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    Forrest | Pumice

Elevation

The Waihaha Section offers off-road trails that can be narrow, featuring hill climbs and steep declines. Designed with flowing corners, fun downhills, and some short switchback climbs, it's a trail that keeps you on your toes and tests your skills with every turn.

Elevation

Elevation | 539m

Climb | 12.6km

Descent | 11.8km

Flat | 1.9km


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Riding the Waihaha Section

The Waihaha Link, nestled within the Waihaha Section of the Great Lake Trails, offers a scenic and exhilarating mountain biking experience. Starting from the Waihaha River carpark, this trail takes riders on a journey alongside the Waihaha River, heading towards the majestic Lake Taupō. As you ride, the trail unfolds through a rich natural setting highlighted by expansive stands of Kamahi trees, adding a verdant lushness to the route.

Adding to the visual spectacle are the striking volcanic rock formations that tell tales of the area's geologic past. One of the notable features along the trail is Echo Rock, a unique geological formation that intrigues with its acoustic properties. The trail continues to weave its magic as it descends alongside the Kotukutuku Stream, where the sounds of flowing water complement the serene ambiance, making for a memorable ride right into the heart of New Zealand's stunning landscapes. This route is perfect for those seeking both adventure and a deep connection with nature.

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Explore the Supervolcanic Great Lake Trails

Whether you're exploring the Waihaha Section or looking for more forest routes of the Great Lake Trails, the Taupō region offers unforgettable rides amidst the supervolcanic landscapes and lush wilderness. With over 30 trails and more than 380 kilometers of riding paths, your adventure through this biking paradise is sure to be exhilarating and memorable.

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Bike shuttles, guides & tours

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  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    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.

    $1 - $1,800 Book now
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    Supervolcanic - Waihaha - Road and Boat Transfer Package

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

    $149 - $159 Book now
  • Kayaking

    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.

    $120 - $510 Book now
  • Mountain biking

    Kaimanawa Descent (Heli Bike)

    The Kaimanawa Descent is Kaimanawa Alpine Adventures epic 23km Grade 3, purpose built heli biking trail. With the trail head over looking the volcanic plateau, descend through the Kaimanawa's with breathtaking views. It's a ride you wont forget.

    $350 - $450 Book now
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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.

    $299 Book now
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    Adventure Shuttles

    Whether you want to hike it, bike it, taste it or just go see it Adventure Shuttles helps you get the buzz in the beautiful Central North Island.

    $30 - $1,000
  • Mountain biking

    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.

    $599 Book now
  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    Huka River Trail Guided Geothermal E-bike Tour

    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).

    $299 - $399 Book now
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