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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      The Great Lake Trail is an epic journey to invigorate your senses. It follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupō, and takes in the stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Enjoy extensive native bush, dramatic scenery, serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, lyrical bird song and much more.

      There are three parts to the trail, on the western side of Lake Taupo is a 30 km section (Waihora & Waihaha) and on the northern side is a further 41 km of track in two sections (Orakau & K2K and W2K & Headland). Cycle the whole track in two or three days or break it up and choose the sections/links you want to experience.
      source: Great lake
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Shuttleable: YES
      Whangamata Rd Car Park google parking directions
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      Caution on Nov 26, 2018
      Local Trail Association
      local trail association
      (www.biketaupo.org.nz)

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #1,264
      Trails (view details)
      6
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Hike
      6
      Trails Trail Running
      6
      Total Distance
      43 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      5,830 ft
      Total Vertical
      935 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,114 ft
      Reports
      37
      Photos
      39
      Ridden Counter
      565

      Popular Great Lake Trail Mountain Biking Trails

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      Photos of Great Lake Trail Mountain Bike

      trail: W2K
      25 |
      Jun 23, 2018 @ 2:51pm
      Jun 23, 2018
      W2K, Taupo
      trail: K2K
      18 |
      Apr 1, 2018 @ 4:25am
      Apr 1, 2018
      K2K, Taupo
      24 |
      Nov 30, 2017 @ 11:04am
      Nov 30, 2017
      Waihaha and Waihora Link
      22 |
      Nov 30, 2017 @ 4:15am
      Nov 30, 2017
      Waihaha and Waihora Link
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      Videos of Great Lake Trail Mountain Bike

      Our Ride in Taupo
      trail: W2K
      0:05 | 274 | Jan 21, 2011
      youtuber Great Lake Trail, Taupo: Orakau to Kawakawa...
      trail: Orakau
      18:54 | 50 | Jul 19, 2018 , Taupo
      youtuber K2K - Great Lake Trail, Taupo [Ep#43]
      trail: K2K
      15:28 | 56 | Jul 27, 2018 , Taupo
      Great Lake Trail New Zealand:Kinloch to...
      trail: K2K
      8:31 | 80 | Apr 17, 2018 , Taupo
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      Recent Comments

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      user #1361240cdoughtrailHeadland LoopMuddy and frustrating to ride as a mediocre...
      Sep 7, 2018 @ 11:32pm
      Sep 7, 2018
      user #1361240cdoughtrailW2KIgnorantly did this trail at the end of winter...
      Sep 7, 2018 @ 11:31pm
      Sep 7, 2018
      user #1085733Kaitoke137trailWaihaha and Waihora LinkThis trail is 31km each way making a total of...
      Jun 1, 2018 @ 9:23am
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      user #1096023kanefleurytrailOrakauWhat a great winter track! Quick dry and...
      Jul 13, 2017 @ 4:27pm
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      user #1342761TonywaytrailW2KSlips cleared. Great job????????
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