Great Lake Trail (Taupo)
- Grade: Intermediate
- Duration: 1-2 days
- Total Length: 71km
- Location: Taupo
The Great Lake Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, and takes in the stunning views across the water to the magical volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Enjoy native dramatic scenery, lake views, flowing waterfalls and much more. There are three parts to the 71km Great Lake Trail. On the western side of Lake Taupo is a 30 km section and on the northern side is a further 41 km of track in two sections. Riders have the option of riding the full trail over two days or choosing shorter riding options to suit fitness and experience.
If travelling by car, allow 3.5 hours driving south from Auckland to Taupo and 5.5 hours driving north from Wellington. Being on the main trunk line, Taupo is also serviced by all the main bus services. Air New Zealand also operates daily flights to and from Taupo Airport, situated just 8 kilometres from the town's centre.
Just be aware before embarking on your adventure that cell phone coverage can be quite limited outside of Taupo. Also check the weather forecast before you set out and go prepared for all weather conditions. When the wind blows off the mountains it can quickly become very cold, even in the middle of summer.
For more information, view the Great Lake Trail page provided by NZ Cycle Trail.
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All Taupo Accommodation can be booked online.