The Great Lake Taupo region has some of the best mountain bike trails in the world with tracks ranging from gentle to heart pumping. Many of the tracks follow beautiful bush trails, catching glimpses of the lake, rivers and mountains.
W2K (Whakaipo to Kinloch) Trail
This is a fantastic track and if you love riding ‘off road’ through native bush, listening to native bird song while enjoying stunning lake views then this is a cracker. A favorite with locals, this 14km (8.6 Mile) ride takes you from Whakaipo over to Kinloch - the track can be ridden in either direction. There is a 9km (5.5 Mile) loop known as the Headland Loop that can be added taking you to the headlands at the top offering stunning views of Lake Taupo and the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
This is an easy to intermediate ride without any real hills but it does undulate with a few steep pitches to keep you on your toes (can be easily walked).
Track Conditions: This is an all weather surface, the track is made out of pumice which drains easily making it a great option for a rainy day. This is a Single Track – Dual use, with an elevation of 360 to 640 meters (1181 to 2099 feet).
Skill Required: Basic.
Fitness: An average level of biking fitness is required.
Duration: The W2K is a 1.5 to 2 hours one way ride. While Headland Loop is 1 to 2 hours.