Great Lake Taupo Bike Trails

Visit the Great Lake Taupo region for some of the best bike tours and mountain biking trails in New Zealand.

There's nothing better than getting on your bike in Great Lake Taupo! You can cycle some of New Zealand's top bike tracks including the most recently completed trail in The New Zealand Cycle Trail network - The Great Lake Trail.

The free draining soil conditions in this region make the 200km+ of North Island mountain biking trails rideable all year-round. The mountain biking trails are graded according to fitness levels and difficulty to help you decide if it is the right trail for you.

Below is a comparison chart to get you started picking the trail that is best for you and your riding party. Click on the trail name to view the trail guide video, track imagery, trail maps, a track profile and a full description for each trail.

Happy riding! 

 

Bike Trail Grade  Distance  Time Required  Phone Coverage  Toilets Boat Taxi  Other Notes
The Great Lake Walkway
 1 10km 2-3 hrs Good

Various locations

Not Required 

 
Waikato River Trails  1-3 12km-100km 3-4 days Intermittent  Various locations

Not Required

 
Craters MTB Park  1-5 Up to 50km  1hr to a full day Good  At Hub Cafe

Not Required

Bike Taupo Membership Required

Huka Trails (Rotary Ride)  3 5.5km (or 19.5km)  2-3 hrs  Good 

Start and finish

Not Required

 
Tongariro River Trail  2 Up to 15km 1-2 hrs  Good 

Turangi Township or the National Trout Centre

Not Required

 
The Great Lake Trail  3 Up to 74km 2hrs to 3 days Intermittent

Various locations

Available

 

Waihaha

(Great Lake Trail)

 3 30km 4-5 hrs  Intermittent

Start and finish

Available

This section is part of the Great Lake Trail

Kawakawa

(Great Lake Trail)

 3 19.5km 2.5-3.5 hrs  Intermittent 

Start and finish

Available This section is part of the Great Lake Trail

W2K & Headland

(Great Lake Trail)

 3 13km + optional 9.5km 1-2 hrs  Intermittent

Start and finish

Available This section is part of the Great Lake Trail
The Timber Trail  3 5km-85km 1-2 days  None

Beginning, middle & end

Not Required

Satellite Locator Recommended

42 Traverse  3 40km-50km 4-6 hrs Intermittent No

Not Required

 
Tree Trunk Gorge  4 7km 2-3 hrs Intermittent  None

Not Required

 
Te Iringa  5 38km return 2 days  Intermittent Satelite  None

Not Required

Satellite Locator Recommended

Waihaha Hut Track  4 18km return 3 hrs Intermittent Start and finish and at Waihaha Hut

Not Required

Not to be confused with the Waihaha link of the Great Lake Trail

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