The Great Lake Walkway aka Lions Walk

From Taupo township you can ride and walk along the lakefront right out to Five Mile Bay, on the fully paved pathway of the Great Lake Walkway.

Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Walkway is bike riding at its most basic level — even tots with training wheels can cope with this ride. The fairly flat track has plenty of stop off points for breaks, coffee and ice-cream, swims and photo opportunities. There is a lovely playground and picnic area at Wharewaka Point to finish off your day at.

Getting There

The Great Lake Walkway trail begins at the Taupo Boat Harbour, where Redoubt Street meets Ferry Road. There are plenty of parking options along the length of the ride so you can start and finish the trail at any point you choose.

From Taupo Boat Harbour it heads along the lakefront, along which you can see stunning views across the lake toward Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. The track passes a number of popular hotels and motels, as well as hot water spots where you can stop and dip your toes in the hot sand. 

The paved walkway continues on past the Three Mile Bay boat ramp, taking in more secluded bays with boats moored and some lovely holiday homes. There are a number of picnic and rest areas on the lakefront where you can stop and take in the views or have a swim.

Kowhai trees have been planted along the way to provide shelter for local wildlife. Ducks and swans can usually be seen as you pass by.

This beautiful ride along the lakefront is restful and relaxing. With stunning scenery and lapping lake water on the pumice beaches, this is a therapeutic and healthy ride for any age group.

Key Information

 Distance   10km 
 Grade  1
 Time Required   1-2 hours 
 Phone Coverage   Good
 Toilets   Several toilet facilities are available along the trail 
 Shuttles  Unlikely to be needed, but available if desired


Lion's Walk Trail Map


Lion's Walk Trail Profile

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