Waihora Link

Ride amongst vast stands of Kamahi, through volcanic rock formations and past the intriguing Echo Rock before you start to descend down the Kotukutuku Stream.

Explore the Waihora Trail in the Waihaha Section, winding through Kamahi forests and past volcanic landmarks like Echo Rock. Traverse dramatic descents along Kotukutuku Stream, marvel at expansive views across Lake Taupō, and conclude with a tranquil boat transfer at Kotukutuku Landing

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    14.2 Km
  • Time
    1.5 hrs Cycling | 2.5 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    Forrest | Pumice | Shared use


The Waihora Trail features challenging ascents through dense Kamahi forests and tight switchbacks over rugged volcanic rocks, leading to sweeping high-altitude views from Waihora Lookout. It then plunges into steep descents along Kotukutuku Stream, concluding with a serene boat transfer at Kotukutuku Landing.


Elevation | 493m

Climb | 5.2km

Descent | 6.3km

Flat | 2.7km

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Riding the Waihora Trail

The Waihora Trail, a gem within the Waihaha Section of the Great Lake Trails, offers a breathtaking journey from the Waihaha Road junction to Kotukutuku Landing. As you ride, the trail unfolds into expansive views that stretch across Lake Taupo towards the striking volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, celebrated from the Waihora lookout. This part of the trail is a spectacle of natural beauty, under vast blue skies that enhance the serene, vast landscape.

The trail weaves through dense stands of Kamahi and past dramatic volcanic rock formations, including the intriguing Echo Rock. The descent along Kotukutuku Stream is an engineering marvel, featuring a series of bridges, platforms, and boardwalks that lead you gracefully down to a secluded beach in a tranquil bay. Here, riders are typically met by a pre-booked boat transfer that shuttles them back to Kinloch, marking a picturesque end to the adventure.


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Explore the Supervolcanic Great Lake Trails

Whether you're exploring the Waihora Link 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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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