The Great Lake Trail

The Great Lake Trail is one of the 22 Great Rides that make up the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Nga Haerenga.

Comprising the W2K Trail, the K2K and Orakau Trail, and the Waihaha-Waihora Trail it is located on the north western shore of Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. 

The trail offers enjoyable, all-weather single track through native forest, where you can enjoy dramatic and stunning views across Lake Taupō to Tongariro National Park. It is graded intermediate which means mountain biking experience and a moderate level of fitness is required. It is a great step up for beginners looking for the next challenge. The Orakau section can be tackled by experienced cyclists looking to crank a mountain bike for the first time.


AUTUMN/WINTER SPECIAL: Over 20% OFF BIKE HIRE until 15 October 2020. Valid for ALL trails we service. (Great Lake Trail, Tongariro River Trail, Huka Falls Ride etc.) Minimum 2 people & must book a shuttle & mention 20% DEAL to qualify. (Subject to availability.)

Please contact us to book.

Sarah Ulmer narrates a cool video of the Waihaha Trail. Just click on the image below to watch and enjoy!

Sarah Ulmer narrates The W2K Trail video below

You can check out a cool interactive map, including elevations, here.

BIG HINT: Although the Great Lake Trail is a two way trail, it is best ridden from West to East as this is generally more downhill with easier climbing grades. Even if parts of the trail have cellphone coverage, the western sections are remote and we recommend carrying a personal locator beacon for emergencies, which can be hired from Adventure Shuttles.

For more information about trails in the Great Lake Taupo area check out

Riders have the option of riding the full trail over 2-3 days or to select a range of shorter riding options depending on level of experience and the time available. The Great Lake Trail can be ridden in all seasons. The track’s pumice surface means that even in wet weather, there is normally little or no mud on the trail.

The trail is graded intermediate or grade 3 for most sections although some sections are suitable for riders moving from beginner to intermediate grade. The Orakau - Kawakawa Bay section would fall into this category. Although the climb out of Kawakawa bay is steep it can be walked easily and then it is a nice downhill to Kinloch. 

To check out video of the Orakau and Kawakawa-Kinloch sections click on the images below.

View of Waihaha Falls on the new Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trail.




Check out the Great Rides App from Mapworks to get all the beta on this Great Ride



COVID-19: Note that restrictions have affected vehicle loadings. Please contact us for pricing confirmation. Generally vehicles can only accommodate a party of close contacts up to 3 people. Our maximum loading is now 6 people

Prices below are for one way travel in either direction to or from the road ends below. Please discuss options for return trips with us.

Prices for The Great Lake Trail Road Ends
Taupō - Whakaipo Bay $80 per charter for 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $40pp
Taupō - Kinloch $80 per charter 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $40pp
Taupō - Orakau $80 per charter for 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $40pp
Whakaipo Bay - Kinloch/Orakau $90 per charter 1-2 people, additional passengers people $45pp
Kinloch - Orakau $80 per charter 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $40pp
Kinloch - Waihaha Bridge $130 per charter for 1-2 people, adddtional passengers 3-8 people $65pp

Taupo - Waihaha Bridge $130 per charter 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $65pp
Whakaipo Bay - Waihaha Bridge $130 per charter 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $65pp 
Taupo - Waihaha Bridge, Kinloch-Taupo $180 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $90pp
Taupo - Waihaha Bridge , Whakaipo - Taupo $170 1-2 people, additional passengers 3-8 people $85pp
There are no minimum numbers for our service. We can carry up to a maximum of 8 passengers.

Payment is by cash or Eftpos/credit card. Cancellations within 48 hours of trip are non-refundable or will be fully charged.

All pricing or quotes are subject to availability at time of booking confirmation. We require payment in full or credit card details to confirm a booking.

A boat ferry is available from the end of the Waihora Section to Kinloch or Kawakawa Bay. To book your boat service contact [email protected].

For more detailed information on the Trail, check out Bike Taupo

          Check out Luxury Biking Package with Whakaipo Lodge & the Great Lake Trail for an awesome deal.

Contact us to book or enquire about The Great Lake Trail!


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