Great Lake Trail

On the shores of Lake Taupo lies an epic mountain biking adventure. What began as a pipe dream for a crew of local trail builders has evolved into the stunning Great Lake Trail, a 71km grade 3 (intermediate) mountain biking and walking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo.

The Great Lake Trail traverses some of the most remote areas of the lake shore on a stretch of land between Waihaha Bridge in the west to Whakaipo Bay in the north. A boat shuttle links the different sections of the trail, providing pick ups and drop offs from various picturesque bays along the trail.

The Great Lake Trail will take you into a truly ancient area that is interwoven with Maori history and stories from a time past. You can feel the history surrounding you as you ride into the forest and the landscape unfolds to reveal stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Dramatic scenery combines with serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, native bird song and incredible trail quality to deliver an unforgettable experience.

The Great Lake Trail is proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. 

  • 2015 Runner Up – Bike Wise Favourite New Zealand Cycle Trail
  • Part of Taupo’s IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Silver Ride Centre Accreditation
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