Biking & Cycling in Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Come to the Great Lake Taupo region and experience some world-renowned bike trails, ranging from gentle to heart pumping. People love mountain biking in New Zealand and Taupo's free-draining soil conditions mean the many Great Lake Taupo mountain biking trails can be ridden year-round. Yup, limited muddy bogs!

Many of the mountain bike tracks follow beautiful bush trails, catching glimpses of the lake, rivers and mountains. There are many biking and cycling options for all ranges of fitness, experience and budgets. Thrill seekers can try heli-biking on the Kaimanawas, whilst the more leisurely rider can relax and enjoy a ride through rolling bush tracks and pine forests.

The prime condition of many of the regional tracks is thanks to Bike Taupo, a cycling advocacy group who aim to promote cycling as a healthy, environmentally friendly and convenient form of transport and recreation in the Great Lake Taupo region. Visit their website for information about the work they do and to purchase memberships to ride at Craters Mountain Bike Park. Bike Taupo Memberships also give you membership to the Taupo Mountain Bike Club who put on regular adult social rides, racing events (competitive and non-competitive) and family rides for kids.

Road cycling is also big in Great Lake Taupo, with up to 10,000 riders from New Zealand and over 20 countries across the globe taking part each year in New Zealand’s largest cycling event, the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Want to keep your gear in tip top shape? There are several skilled operators who can provide you with a wide range of bike services including bike repair and servicing.

Give us your feedback and WIN some prizes! 

The Department of Conservation and its partners are collecting information from trail users (including mountain bikers, hikers, campers and more) to determine future opportunities and grow tourism in our region.

This online survey can be filled out in less than fifteen minutes and there are some fantastic PRIZES up for grabs including:

  • A night for two at one of Pa Harakeke's unique chalets at the head of the Timber Trail
  • A boat transfer for two on Lake Taupo with Chris Jolly Outdoors
  • A night for two at one of the Station Lodge's apartments and Ohakune Old Coach Road shuttle transfer from Mountain Bike Station
  • One of two new Volcanic Plateau: Best Bike Rides guide books from the Kennett Brothers
  • One of four Kathmandu vouchers valued at $50 

To be in to win, click this survey link to complete the survey >> 

Survey closes and prizes drawn 9 March, 2015.

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