8.1 miles
Distance
2,587 ft
Climb
-2,586 ft
Descent
01:17:22
Avg time

W2K 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
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #31000 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch cycle trail can be ridden in either direction as an out and back trail (14 kilometers each way). From Taupo with take the turnoff for Kinloch or continue to Acacia Bay and take the Mapara Road to Whakaipo Bay.

A further 9km loop, known as the Headland Loop, can be added taking you all the way out to the Whangamata Bluffs and stunning lake views.

The whole ride is easy to intermediate without any real hills. There are a few short steeper pitches, but they are very easily walked. One of the best bits of the W2K track is the all weather surface. The track is carved out of pumice so drains really easy - a great option during rainy periods.

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 W2K mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,180 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,819 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,183 ft
  • Grade
    0.003%
  • Grade max
    -64.284%
  • Grade min
    68.709%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,174 ft
  • Avg time
    01:17:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:44:33
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Status:
on Jun 3, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.15 (8 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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      W2K Trail Reports

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      Jun 3, 2021 @ 3:45pm
      Jun 3, 2021
      Nov 4, 2020 @ 12:20pm
      Nov 4, 2020
      To Kinloch in morning before rain - apart from a couple of avoidable soft spots trail riding well. Return from Kinloch after 3 hrs of rain -...
      Jul 13, 2020 @ 10:16pm
      Jul 13, 2020
      Very wet and muddy but completely rideable.
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 1:27am
      Jun 24, 2020
      Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around Quite muddy in places making climbing tricky and caution needed on descents still nice...
      Oct 5, 2019 @ 5:28pm
      Oct 5, 2019
      Tree down approx 400m passed Joining spot. Pretty wet from last night rain and muddy in lots of places Fun though
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 28 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 172 rides
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      Jan 25, 2021 @ 8:23pm
      Jan 25, 2021
      38 |
      Nov 16, 2019 @ 2:13am
      Nov 16, 2019
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      Nov 16, 2019 @ 2:13am
      Nov 16, 2019
      93 |
      Feb 13, 2019 @ 6:04pm
      Feb 13, 2019

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Tonyway (Jun 24, 2017 at 1:27)
       Slips cleared. Great job????????
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      • + 0
      cdough (Sep 7, 2018 at 23:31)
       Ignorantly did this trail at the end of winter after three days of rain and it was a sloshy mud pit most of the way. If you don’t mind being out of control and struggling uphill through the mud go for the gold! Locals told us afterwards that nobody rides it in winter
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      • + 0
      Weaselross (Jul 24, 2020 at 11:04)
       Trail was is reasonable condition. A few fallen trees and yes, mud. Specifically on the section closer to Whakaipo. If you don't mind some sliding around a bit go for it. Still managed to enjoy it though. Kinloch around the headland loop is fine.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Tully01 (May 4, 2021 at 0:26)
       Rode this trail from the track entry today. At the 7km sign we were registering 8km yet at the 7.8km sign at the headland turnoff we were registering 8.3km. We've had nothing to indicate our mileage is incorrect until now. Didn't make sense but track was in excellent order and even dusty in a couple of places. Some overgrown vegetation was starting to slap your face but a great but cool day after a run with no rain. Our track crew do a great job
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      Videos

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      Great Lake MTB Trails - W2K Headland Loop - 4K
      2:59 | 86 | Jan 25, 2021 , Taupo
      Our Ride in Taupo
      0:05 | 484 | Jan 21, 2011 , Taupo
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