Biking & Cycling in Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand
The Great Lake Taupo region has some of the best mountain biking in New Zealand, with internationally recognised, purpose-built trails to suit every type of rider. Taupo's free draining pumice soil means excellent riding conditions year round, making the region a popular hub for all types of riding.
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 of different trail grades 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 the Bike Taupo website for information about the work they do and to purchase memberships to ride at Craters Mountain Bike Park.
Road cycling is also big in Great Lake Taupo, with around 7,500 riders from New Zealand and over 20 countries across the globe taking part each year in New Zealand’s largest cycling occasion, the 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.