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Waihaha Trail - Great Lake Trails

Part of the Waihaha Section of the Great Lake Trails, the Waihaha Trail starts at the Waihaha River carpark and follows the Waihaha River towards Lake Taupo.

Riding the Waihaha Trail

At the Waihaha River carpark (Western Bay Road, Waihaha), you will find a shelter with a map and information board (note the toilet is 50m or so down the track). From here, the trail follows the river downstream for a few hundred metres before it crosses the river on a swingbridge.

The trail then gently climbs up onto the cliffs above the river and follows the course of the river to the junction at the end of Waihaha Road. This first part of the trail has great views of the Waihaha River canyon and waterfall. Be sure to stop and view the beautiful Tieke Waterfall from the trail above. The trail is surrounded by Tanekaha-dominated native bush and large outcrops of weathered volcanic rocks.

At the junction at the end of the Waihaha Road, you will see a directional sign (Waihaha Road is really a farm track that ends at the edge of the bush, so you won’t see a sealed road as such). The trail continues from here down to Kotukutuku Landing on what is known as the Waihora section of the trail.

If you want a shorter ride, you can pre-arrange for transport to pick you up from the end of Waihaha Road, which is 13km from the start of the trail. Alternatively, you can ride out Waihaha Road and turn left onto the main highway back to the trail starting at Waihaha River Bridge, a distance of approximately 9.5km.

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The Great Lake Trails are one of the 22 Great Rides in New Zealand and part of the Ngā Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trails network.