Great Lake Trail

Great Lake Trail, Taupo: Address, Phone Number, Great Lake Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Great Lake Trail
4.5
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The Great Lake Trail is a 70 kilometre purpose built mountain biking/walking/running trail situated close to Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand's North Island. The trail follows the western shore of Lake Taupo, and takes in stunning views across to the volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness can, and should, experience The Great Trail.
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huggyfamily
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Loved the Great Lake Trails
Apr 2021
Have now cycled all 3 Great Lake Trails, each on a different trip to Taupo in the last four months. Enjoyed them all. The first one we did was K2K (December), loved it, especially now as it can be done as a loop from Kinloch. Couldn't wait to go down in January to do our second trail, the W2K (return), starting at Kinloch, doing the Headland Loop (great flowy mountain bike trail! and lovely views on a lovely day), then down to Whakaipo Bay, slept on the warm stones while my husband had a refreshing dip in the lake, then we cycled back to Kinloch - yes it was hard yakka going back up the hill (slow and steady wins the race), but oh what a joy it was sweeping back down to Kinloch in the late afternoon. Fabulous day. Finally in April we did Waihora and Waihaha, return (57km) - no water taxi for us! Started the day at 9am from the top of the Waihora track, a great 17km ride down to the bay (2 and a half hours), had a lovely picnic, then rode back up (2 and a half hours), rode the farm road to the top of Waihaha track (10km - one hour, with a break to see cute alpacas!), then down Waihaha track (13km (two hours, with breaks to see the beautiful views of the river, canyon, waterfall, and setting sun). Managed to finish back at the car at sundown, 5.45pm, just as it was getting dark. Exhilarating! We are in our fifties. We were so exhausted that when we got back to Taupo we sat for an hour in a thermal pool and went to bed at 8.30pm without bothering with dinner! We can't say which trail we liked best, as they were all different, and brilliantly built. I am writing this review because a lot of websites and reviews say "a water taxi is required" for the Waihora Bay trail. Well, we proved it isn't Just make sure you have enough daylight hours...
Written 21 April 2021
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Tracey Anne
West Coast Region, New Zealand48 contributions
WOW ..a must do. The trails are sooooo Cool !!!
Feb 2020
We live in the West Coast of the South Island NZ. We came up to ride the Great Lakes Trail and the Waikato River Trail & the Timber Trail. The Taupo was our last trail to ride and what a way to finsih. There's something for everyone. very do-able and exciting. The track just flows and keeps on flowing ...such FUN!! We regret not having enough time to do it twice. WE"LL BE BACK!!
Written 9 March 2020
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dgmorland
Honolulu, HI2 contributions
Awesome Trails!
Feb 2020
One of the best trails in NZ for beginner to intermediate riders. Beautiful scenery, lots of well maintained flowy trails.
Written 18 February 2020
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Markyparknz
Wellington, New Zealand72 contributions
New Otaketake Trail and Orakau loop from Kinloch
Dec 2019 • Friends
Parked at Kinloch and rode up the new Otaketake trail to Kawakawa Rd then linked through to Orakau down to lake and back to kinloch. About 3hrs all up, an hour up, an hour down and an hour home from kawakawa. New trail well designed, good gradients, lots of grade reversals and a heap of fun.
Written 29 December 2019
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Jeanette M
Cairns, Australia474 contributions
It goes on & on, but you can opt to do a section of it
Nov 2019
This trail gives you the feel for the sheer enormity of Lake Taupo. I did 6 hours of it in rain (from drizzle to full on) when horrid conditions precluded a sailboat trip to the Maoria petrogylphs. You walk through tony suburbs and attractive parkland. There are a few public toilets and water taps along the way. It's well signposted so you know just how far you've gone... and how long it will be to return to civilization.
Written 15 December 2019
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Deb C
Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
Great walking or cycling facility
Nov 2019
Really good to have an easy option to walk or cycle along the lake edge. Got to be better than taking the car all the time!
Written 5 December 2019
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Dawn O
Santa Barbara, CA13 contributions
Hiked part of trail
Dec 2019
We started at Kinloch and went out 5km and then returned. Sad that there aren’t any lookouts. Not many people on the trail apart from a few mountain bikers. Never made it as far as Kawakawa Bay.
Written 2 December 2019
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PCassie
New Plymouth, New Zealand12 contributions
Great ride for scenery
Feb 2019
Have done W2K and K2K rides either side of Kinloch. Both well worth doing. Well made track, moderately hilly. 2 way so always have to be on lookout for other riders and walkers. Have also done the mostly concrete track from Taupo round east side to 5mile bay which is a very easy but pleasant ride on a nice day.
Written 8 October 2019
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK552 contributions
Lovely paved walk alongside Lake Taupo
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a lovely walk that can be as short as you want or up to around 5 miles each way. At various points thermal streams enter the lake so the beach and water is warm. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours
Written 7 March 2019
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KatreenaNZ
Tauranga, New Zealand63 contributions
So many options
Jan 2019 • Family
A really well done walk/run/cycle way. This trip we’ve walked it, run it and cycled it - fun on all fronts. Great ammenities and well maintained. Will be back with the dog next visit. If you can stay lakefront because then you have direct access.
Written 10 January 2019
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