Biking in Taupo

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 bike rider.

Big experiences, epic views

From grade 1-2 family and e-bike tracks, to cross-country trails, mountain bike parks and BMX jump parks to epic overnight adventures and grade 5 downhill, there’s something for everyone in the Great Lake Taupo region.

Explore the bike trails on your own, hire a bike, take a guided trip or book a multi-day package – you’ll uncover experiences and scenery that will take your breath away.


It’s not only the world-class riding on offer, but also the ‘apres-bike’ experience that makes Taupo such a special cycling destination. You can add some action and adventure to your cycling holiday with sailing, jetboating, white water rafting and bungy jumping. Top off your day with local craft beers, wine and cuisine or a soak in natural geothermal hot pool.

Access is easy

A number of trails start right from the heart of Taupo and Turangi, just jump on your bike and go. Trails located further out can be easily accessed with track shuttles and water taxi. Chat to our local bike shop staff for the best insider knowledge, bike and gear hire, sales and repairs.

Year-round riding

Derived from one of the greatest volcanic eruptions ever known, the region’s free-draining pumice soil means excellent riding conditions year-round – even in mid-winter.

The bucket list

You’ll need a few days, maybe even a few holidays, but you’ll be stoked you did! Take a journey of discovery along these incredible bucket list rides – the award-winning Great Lake Walkway, Tongariro River Trail, Huka Trails, Great Lake Trail, Craters Mountain Bike Park, Waikato River Trails, The Timber Trail, Tree Trunk Gorge, and Te Iringa just to mention a few.

Further afield

Taupo is the perfect place to base yourself to explore North Island trails and parks. Just 45-minutes north you’ll discover the world-renowned Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) Mountain Bike Park and Skyline Gravity Park in Rotorua, and just a short day trip south you’ll find the 42 Traverse, Fishers Track, Ohakune Old Coach Road and Bridge to Nowhere.

Internationally recognised

The Taupo region was accredited by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) as a silver level ride centre, which means that it is home to large-scale mountain biking facilities that offer something for all riders.

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