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.

Cycling along the Lions Walk/Great Lake Walkway on the Taupo lakefront

Great Lake Taupo’s free draining pumice soil means excellent riding conditions year round, making the region a popular hub for all types of riding.
While the Great Lake Trail is considered the jewel in the crown, there is an incredible range of other quality trails to choose from.

Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo - in the Wairakei Forest is a bike park featuring over 50km of expertly built, flowing cross country and downhill trails ranging from grade two to grade six.

Tongariro River Trail, Turangi - this gentle ride, starting in Turangi, is a great family trip and suitable for recreational riders. It follows the world famous trout river past rolling farmland, beech forests and fern glades with spectacular views at almost every bend.

The Great Lake Walkway/Lion’s Walk, Taupo - a flat, easy paved trail that follows the lakefront from Taupo Boat Harbour to Five Mile Bay (10 km). The ride takes approximately two and a half hours return, and there are plenty of places to stop for photos and refreshments along the way. Suitable for the whole family.

The Timber Trail, Pureora and Waikato River Trails, Mangakino - These trails are part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

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