Craters Mountain Bike Park

Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from the Taupo township, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country.

Craters Mountain Bike Park has around 50km of bike trails to suit all abilities. There are plenty of options to choose from, allowing you to escape for just an hour or two or have a full day on the trails.

All trails run in and out of exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations, with some stunning views of Lake Taupö and the Waikato River. The volcanic pumice soils allow for year round riding with free draining qualities that are not found anywhere else in New Zealand.

Please note: All users of Craters Mountain Bike Park must be Bike Taupo members. Annual and visitor membership options are available. You can join online at

Getting There

Craters Mountain Bike Park is located 10 minutes north of Taupo in the Wairakei Forest. When driving north from Taupo turn left onto Karapiti Road.

Alternatively, the park can be accessed by parking on the grass opposite ‘the big helicopter’ and riding back across SH5 and up Inwards Goods which is to the left of Karapiti Road.

Riding at Craters Mountain Bike Park requires joining Bike Taupo as a visitor or annual member. Simply visit or pop into a bike shop in Taupo town to arrange this.

Trail maps for the park can be purchased at these locations too - and you’ll need them to help choose from the numerous trails on offer to you.

Key Information

 Distance  2 – 50km of trails available
 Time Required   Anywhere from 1 hour to a full day 
 Phone Coverage  Good 
 Shuttle   Yes (by arrangement). Book shuttle services prior to departure.
 See the shuttles and guides page for more information. 
 Reminders  Need to purchase a Bike Taupo membership
 at or a local bike shop.


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