6 miles
Distance
1,273 ft
Climb
-755 ft
Descent
00:55:27
Avg time

Orakau Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1847 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 5 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.
https://survey.getsmartglobal.com/survey/?question=52925

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
    00:55:27
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:04
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Status:
on Sep 27, 2020
Wet
Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • < 50%
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  • < 1 month
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  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Radar Time
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to orakau trailhead (-38.665390, 175.869832)
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      Orakau Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 8:20pm
      Sep 27, 2020
      Windfall
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 6:36pm
      Aug 21, 2020
      Actually was easy enough to clear by hand. All clear now.
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 6:03pm
      Aug 21, 2020
      Tree fallen across trail. Have to lift bike over.
      Jul 25, 2020 @ 2:28pm
      Jul 25, 2020
      reporter Track in great condition. Could do with a hair cut as visibility is limited.
      Jul 9, 2020 @ 2:43pm
      Jul 9, 2020
      reporter Trees falling onto track on Kawakawa side of farm underpass. Sticks intruding onto track. Also a small tree across the the track 500 m below...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 74 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 347 rides
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      Photos

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      11 |
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 6:36pm
      Aug 21, 2020
      30 |
      Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:44pm
      Apr 14, 2019
      30 |
      Feb 18, 2017 @ 12:34am
      Feb 18, 2017
      52 |
      Feb 18, 2017 @ 12:33am
      Feb 18, 2017

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      SpringerNZ Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Dec 28, 2020 at 16:38)
       Great ride down from the main road. Then home via K2K.
      [Reply]

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