5.2 miles
Distance
1,049 ft
Climb
-1,052 ft
Descent
01:02:35
Avg time
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K2K Details

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    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #14678 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33194 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking

Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch.

Part of the Great Lake Cycle Trails (along with W2K and Orakau). Fantastic in either direction.

From Kawakawa Bay the trail climbs up through native bush to the Te Kauwae headland providing a reward of spectacular views across the lake and Western Bays. The trail then descends to the lake edge with the final section on the lake front before finishing at the village of Kinloch.

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Access Info

Either as part of the Great Lake Cycle Trails (W2K and Orakau), or from Kinloch head to the western side of the bay and follow the single track.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for K2K mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -3 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,180 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,614 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,184 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,181 ft
  • Grade
    -0.011%
  • Grade max
    -47.551%
  • Grade min
    50.031%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    01:02:35
  • Avg reverse time
    01:11:49
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on Nov 6, 2021
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Avg: 4.35 (6 votes)
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      K2K Trail Reports

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      Nov 6, 2021 @ 10:12pm
      Nov 6, 2021
      Lots of trees down after stormy weather this past week, one you have to go around about 3/4 in from Kinloch end. Especially round tight corners...
      Aug 23, 2021 @ 7:04pm
      Aug 23, 2021
      Weather has been mint and the trail is in good condition but a few things to note: - on Sept 11 there's a running event on the K2K - in the...
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 12:24am
      Aug 2, 2021
      Riding great, watch out for walkers.
      Jul 30, 2021 @ 4:48pm
      Jul 30, 2021
      Fallen trees etc have been cleared thanks to whomever did that, awesome stuff. Great ride, little bit of mud but to be expected in winter. I had...
      Jul 17, 2021 @ 6:41pm
      Jul 17, 2021
      Big tree blocking the way to Kawakawa Bay. 3/4 of the way. 2m high and about 10m across, could potentially be walked around...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 59 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 478 rides
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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      miktown WGTV (Jul 27, 2020 at 2:11)
       A great trail, consistent uphills and flowing downhills with a killer view at the top.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Tully01 (Oct 22, 2020 at 22:25)
       Track in very good condition
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      SpringerNZ (Dec 28, 2020 at 16:36)
       Nice flowing track. Did Orakau Track first then K2K. Finished off with a pie and coke at the Kinloch store. Smile
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Chrismbiker (Jan 13, 2021 at 20:12)
       Not sure why this trail says no ebikes. According to the Great Lakes Cycle Trails website e-bikes are allowed.
      "Type of bike - An off-road mountain bike is required. E-mountain bikes are welcome."
      ????
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Bikelordd (Jul 17, 2021 at 18:37)
       Big tree is blocking track approx 3/4 way to Kawakawa Bay after this weekends rain. The blockage is approx 2m high and could be walked around if you want to walk about 10m to the right.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Tully01 (Sep 25, 2021 at 19:38)
       Trail ridden yesterday returning from Kawakawa Bay after riding this loop anti clockwise. Must try it clockwise next time. Track was in good order after heavy rain and very busy with walkers and riders. Alway good to stop at the top of the bluff to look over Kawakawa Bay and catch your breath. Loop 35kms starting and finishing at Kinloch store
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      Tully01 (Sep 25, 2021 at 19:45)
       Re the E-Bike query, they are allowed on all Taupo trails and most NZ trail except where DOC have not yet got their heads around EBike technology. The Great Lake Trails are really only suited to EMTBs not pavement or commutor cycles
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      youtuber K2K - Great Lake Trail, Taupo [Ep#43]
      15:28 | 650 | Jul 27, 2018 , Taupo
      Great Lake Trail New Zealand:Kinloch to...
      8:31 | 508 | Apr 17, 2018 , Taupo
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