Great Lake Taupo in the running for NZ’s Favourite Place to Ride

The Great Lake Taupo region is in the running for the top spot in several categories of the just-launched NZ’s Favourite Places to Ride 2017 competition. The NZ Transport Agency launched its annual competition this week, and Destination Great Lake Taupo is asking people to vote for the region in the five categories.

The stunning views from the Great Lake Trail

The competition is all about getting kiwis to identify, share and celebrate their favourite places to ride throughout New Zealand. Anna McLaren, marketing manager for Destination Great Lake Taupo, says,

“We want to rally the region together so we come out on top and showcase the amazing riding opportunities we have here. We have the North Island’s most diverse range of trails with over 200km of mountain bike trails, urban rides like the lakefront Great Lake Walkway, the beautiful Tongariro River Trail and one of the most stunning sections of the NZ Cycle Trail – the Great Lake Trail.” 

McLaren said Great Lake Taupo should be on the map for people as a top riding destination for all ages and abilities and this competition was a chance to make sure this happens. She is asking people to spread the word and get their friends, families and colleagues voting.

Nominations are open from 10 April to 31 May and the winners will be annonced in June. Everyone who nominates a trail or facility goes in the draw to win a share of $1,000 worth of vouchers from their favourite bike shop.

“You can only vote once in each category, so we need to make sure every vote counts in our favour,” said McLaren. She said popular picks so far for each of the four categories are:

Urban ride – Great Lake Walkway (Lion’s Walk)

Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail – Great Lake Trail

Off-road or adventure ride – Craters Mountain Bike Park

Community facility – Kids Bike Taupō mobile bike van

This year there is also a new Top Town award which will go to the city or town that receives the most nominations across all of the categories. McLaren said she’d like to think Great Lake Taupo has a good chance of winning this award as the region has such a good cross-section of riding of all types.

“The whole purpose of the competition is to get more people thinking about getting out there and riding more. This is a vision we share and our region has always been really bike-focused, so it would be nice to see this recognised on a national level.”

People can go online now to and nominate their favourite places to ride.


For more information, high res images and media enquiries contact:

Marion Ross

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Destination Great Lake Taupō

P| 021 544 715

E| marion@greatlakeTaupō.com


For comment please contact:

Anna McLaren

Marketing & Communications Manager

Destination Great Lake Taupō

P| 027 315 6984

E| anna@greatlakeTaupō.com




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