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Cycling & mountain biking in Taupo

There are few better ways to enjoy Taupo’s epic natural landscapes than from the saddle of a bike. From the epic Great Lake Trails to family-friendly Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo offers some of the best mountain-biking in New Zealand on a network of internationally recognised, purpose-built trails to suit every kind of rider.

And thanks to the pumice-rich, free-draining soils of the region, every day is a great day for a ride, even in winter.

Taupo’s riding experiences range from grade 1-2 family and e-bike tracks to epic overnight adventures, grade 5 downhills, mountain bike and BMX jump parks. There are a wide variety of long scenic trails, and the Great Lake TrailsTimber Trail and Waikato River Trails are all part of Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

With over 220km of singletrack riding, you will find an epic ride around every corner.

Internationally recognised
The Taupo region was accredited by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) as a silver level ride centre, which means that it is home to large-scale mountain biking facilities that offer something for all riders.

Bike trails, parks, tours & shuttles

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  • Cycling & mountain biking

    42 Traverse

    Known as the greatest mountain bike ride in the North Island, the 42 Traverse follows an old logging road through some of the most remote and rugged land in New Zealand.

  • Bike retail & repair

    Top Gear Cycles

    We are Taupo's premier bike shop, offering great service, workshop repairs and the best brands in cycling, including Specialized bikes and equipment. Ask us about anything from mountain, e-bike, bike-packing, tri, and everything in between.

  • Ferries & water taxis

    Bay2Bay Water Taxi

    Relax and sightsee, or for the more adventurous: ride, hike or climb around the Great Lake Trail with easy access to all tracks with Bay2Bay Water Taxi.

    $40 - $70
  • 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..

    $300 - $500 Book now
  • Biking trails

    Waihaha & Waihora sections of the Great Lake Trails

    Towering volcanic rock cliffs, spectacular views and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley are highlights of the Waihaha section.

  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures - Kayak, SUP, Bike Hire

    If you’d prefer to explore the great lake and its surroundings on your own, we have a wide range of equipment that you’re able to hire such as kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP), mountain bikes and bike racks.

    $20 - $100 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro River Rafting

    Welcome to Tongariro River Rafting: we’re a fun, friendly, family-owned company offering guided Tongariro River experiences from our awesome home base in Turangi. For down-to-earth Kiwi backcountry fun, we can’t be beat!

    $99 - $700 Book now
  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Tree Trunk Gorge

    The Tree Trunk Gorge trail will take you on a picturesque journey through the Kaimanawa Forest Park. It passes through classic central North Island beech forest, across streams and rivers and over two impressive gorges as it tracks along the upper section of the Tongariro River.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Timber Trail

    The 85km long Timber Trail is a unique mountain bike ride across ancestral Maori lands, taking you deep into the ancient Pureora Forest Park in New Zealand's central North Island.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Craters Mountain Bike Park

    Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from Taupo town, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country and downhill trails.

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Plan your mountain bike trip to Taupo

Set off from Taupo town, Turangi, Kinloch or one of the smaller villages, or catch a water taxi or bike shuttle to the start of trails further afield. You can explore by yourself, hire a guide or book a multi-day package. Our local bike shop staff can give you the inside word on the best experience and gear for you.

Après-bike

It’s not only the world-class riding on offer, but also the après-bike experience that makes Taupo such a special cycling destination. Add some action adventure like sailing, jetboating, rafting and bungy jumping to your cycling holiday, or top off the day with a local craft beer, wine and cuisine, and a soak in natural geothermal hot pools as the sun goes down.

Further afield - Central North Island mountain bike trails

Taupo is the perfect place to base yourself to explore North Island trails and parks. Just one-hour north you’ll discover the world-renowned Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) Mountain Bike Park and Skyline Gravity Park in Rotorua, and just a short day trip south you’ll find the 42 Traverse, Fishers Track, Ohakune Old Coach Road and Bridge to Nowhere. Many of Taupo's local bike shuttle operators and guides offer day trips to all of these trails.

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