Biking in Great Lake Taupo

The Great Lake Taupo region has some of the best mountain biking in New Zealand, with internationally recognised, purpose-built trails to suit every type of rider. Taupo's free draining pumice soil means excellent riding conditions year round, making the region a popular hub for all types of riding.

Great Lake Trail

Stunning views of Lake Taupo from the Great Lake Trail, New Zealand

The stunning Great Lake Trail is a 71km grade 3 (intermediate) mountain biking and walking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding beautiful Lake Taupo.

The Great Lake Trail traverses some of the most remote areas of the lake shore on a stretch of land between Waihaha Bridge in the west to Whakaipo Bay in the north. A boat shuttle links the different sections of the trail, providing pick ups and drop offs from various picturesque bays along the trail. Find out more about the Great Lake Trail here.

Huka Trails

Huka Trails biking, Taupo, New Zealand

From Taupo township you can ride all the way to Huka Falls and on to the Aratiatia Dam, following the course of the Waikato River along the Huka Trails Rotary Ride.

Allow a leisurely 2-3 hours to complete the 5.5km trail from Spa Park to Huka Falls and back; or 5-6 hours if you choose to continue on to the Aratiatia Dam, which is another 7km along the river. Find out more about the Huka Trails here.

Craters Mountain Bike Park

Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo, New Zealand

Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from the Taupo township, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country. Craters Mountain Bike Park has around 50km of bike trails to suit all abilities.

There are plenty of options to choose from, allowing you to escape for just an hour or two or have a full day on the trails. All trails run in and out of exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations, with some stunning views of Lake Taupo and the Waikato River. Find out more about Craters Mountain Bike Park here.

Tongariro River Trails

Tongariro River Trail, Turangi, New Zealand

The Tongariro River Trail is a scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi. It has some awesome native bush and cool views into the clear waters of the Tongariro River.

The Tongariro River Trail is a gentle ride suitable for families wanting to spend a pleasant few hours either biking or walking. The Tongariro National Trout Centre is a great place to break your journey, with lovely picnic areas and facilities on site. Find out more about the Tongariro River Trails here.

Great Lake Walkway

Family fun on the Great Lake Walkway, Taupo, New Zealand

From Taupo town centre you can ride and walk along the lakefront right out to Five Mile Bay, on the fully paved pathway. 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, ice-cream and photo opportunities. Find out more about the Great Lake Walkway here.

More Great Lake Taupo Biking

Great Lake Taupo is a bike riding mecca. Many of the mountain bike tracks follow beautiful bush trails, catching glimpses of the lake, rivers and mountains. There are many biking and cycling options of different trail grades for all ranges of fitness, experience and budgets. Thrill seekers can try heli-biking on the Kaimanawa Forest, whilst the more leisurely rider can relax and enjoy a ride through rolling bush tracks and pine forests. 

Discover more reasons to explore Great Lake Taupo by bike here.