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.

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