5.8 miles
Distance
1,273 ft
Climb
-755 ft
Descent
00:51:13
Avg time

Orakau Details

  • Activities
    • 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
  • Global Ranking
    #25966 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9887 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking

From the Whangamata Road carpark, the trail follows the Orakau Stream and Harakeke (flax) wetland through regenerating native bush down to Kawakawa Bay on the edge of Lake Taupō. The trail is generally downhill and offers views across the lake to the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. Remember, as with the other Great Lake Trails, this track is two way.

This trail makes up part of the Great Lake Cycle Trails (along with the K2K and W2K trails).

The Great Lake Trails are maintained by Bike Taupō with local support and National Cycleways funding. Please take a few minutes and take this survey to help us procure continuing funding support.
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Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Orakau mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    518 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,699 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,699 ft
  • Grade
    1.691%
  • Grade max
    -36.263%
  • Grade min
    40.937%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    00:51:13
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:00
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on May 14, 2022
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Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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      Orakau Trail Reports

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      May 14, 2022 @ 4:09pm
      May 14, 2022
      Heavy rain created a slippery track (no surprises there) but some additional foliage had fallen across the track. Nothing that couldn't be ridden...
      Apr 1, 2022 @ 12:08pm
      Apr 1, 2022
      Mar 11, 2022 @ 1:34pm
      Mar 11, 2022
      Dec 29, 2021 @ 12:02pm
      Dec 29, 2021
      Quite a bit of overhanging foliage all the way along the trail, otherwise fine
      Jul 7, 2021 @ 2:32am
      Jul 7, 2021
      Still a tree obstructing the trail near the top. We scrambled underneath it.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 100 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      5 Reviews & Comments

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      kanefleury MBO (Jul 13, 2017 at 16:27)
       What a great winter track! Quick dry and grippy pumice soil is the best! Rode from down the track from Whangamata Road to Kawa Kawa Bay through the awesome native bush. There were plenty of birds around to keep me company and there were some awesome views! A must do if you are hanging about in Taupo.
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      samduf (Sep 27, 2020 at 20:17)
       Rode just after some serious rain. A few puddles here and there and also some windfall near the top, but otherwise a fine trail. Would not recommend as a climb. Do the O2K as the climb then ride down this one. Really good loop from Kinloch
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      Tully01 (Oct 22, 2020 at 22:24)
       Track in excellent condition . One tree across the track 50mtr below Morepork Gully. Easy enough to get bikes over but a bit big to cut or move with the tools we had
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      SpringerNZ (Dec 28, 2020 at 16:38)
       Great ride down from the main road. Then home via K2K.
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      Tully01 (Sep 25, 2021 at 19:34)
       Rode this yesterday as part of doing the loop anti clockwise from Kinloch, a tree down in the wetlands area about 3.3kms south of Whangamata trailhead. We managed to cut a couple of branches to allow bikes through. The trail had a few mud patches after recent rain but generally fun on the downhill run to Kawakawa Bay. Trails was busy with walkers and riders.
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      youtuber Great Lake Trail, Taupo: Orakau to Kawakawa...
      18:54 | 580 | Jul 19, 2018 , Taupo
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