18.6 miles
Distance
2,871 ft
Climb
03:13:46
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4130 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2014

This is a section of the Great Lake Cycle Trails.

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.

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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). There is a second access at the end of Waihaha Road which joins the track 13 km from the river bridge. Access is through a farm so please leave gates as you find them.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Waihaha and Waihora Link mountain bike trail 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
    -0.374%
  • Grade max
    -80.271%
  • Grade min
    79.179%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    03:13:46
  • Avg reverse time
    02:55:48
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on Mar 4, 2021
Dry
Avg: 5 (1 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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      Waihaha and... Trail Reports

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      Mar 4, 2021 @ 9:19pm
      Mar 4, 2021
      Plenty of wild pigs ???? to keep you going faster. Tree down across the track about 5km in, but easy to lift bike over. Awesome views across the...
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 9:30pm
      Sep 26, 2020
      reporter Recent planting and blackberry trimming has been done.
      Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:25pm
      Dec 14, 2019
      Spring growth needs clearing. Quite a few blackberry thorns hanging over the track. Otherwise track running really well. ????????
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 9:50pm
      Oct 20, 2019
      Rode Waihaha and Waihora Link on Sunday 20 October. Some minor trail debris which we cleared. Trail conditions good but still very wet in places...
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Dec 28, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Kaitoke137 (Jun 1, 2018 at 9:23)
       This trail is 31km each way making a total of 62km and not the 3.4km stated.
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      • + 0
      MC091158 (Feb 7, 2020 at 19:44)
       Did Waihora today starting from farm race. It is a fantastic ride with superb views and bush sections that provide plenty of shade from the sun. We are typical grade 3 riders and found the track manageable. Trip to the landing was 2 hours as was the return.
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      Great Lake MTB Trails - Waihora Section - 4K
      3:32 | 53 | Jan 25, 2021 , Taupo
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