16 miles
5,296 ft
-5,617 ft
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This is a section of the Great Lake Cycle Trail.

From the carpark, weave through forest on a fun, flowing track towards the lake. There are a few fantastic lookouts on the way. After 14 km you will pass a toilet and some signs. There are no large hills in this section of the trail, but quite a few small ones. When you are 30 km from the car park, the trail descends steeply via a series of bridges and boardwalks, past Kotukutuku Waterfall to a beautiful beach on the shores of Lake Taupo. This is the end of the trail. There is a shelter and toilets here.

From Kotukutuku, it is either a long ride back to the road, or hopefully you have booked the boat to take you to Kawakawa Bay where the trail resumes.

Access Info

The start of the trail is 54 km from Taupo, on the south side of the Waihaha River Bridge on Western Bays Road (Highway 32).

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More Stats for Waihaha and Waihora Link mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -321 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,542 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,221 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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on Dec 18, 2017
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Waihaha and... Trail Reports

Dec 18, 2017 @ 12:17am
Dec 18, 2017
The section from the highway parking to Waihaha road end is pretty overgrown in some places. Many thorns and ferns. To the extent that it...
Oct 7, 2017 @ 11:05pm
Oct 7, 2017
Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:17am
Oct 24, 2016
The final rid down to the beach is very wet in places.
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