Trail Info


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Trail type: Walking, Cycling
Direction: One way
Start at either end

Walking Duration: 3 hrs - 4 hrs 30 mins
Cycling Duration: 1 hr 30 mins - 2 hrs
One way
Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch: 14km - Headland loop: 9.5km

Fitness: Intermediate
Cycling Grade: 3
Walking Difficulty: Intermediate

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights:
Walk or ride over the headland between Whakaipo and Whangamata bays and enjoy the lake views and native bush.

Things to know:
Option of doing an additional loop track accessed half way. These are shared-use tracks. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track

Location:
Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road.
-38.6822, 175.9574 - view map

Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (W2K)

  • Time (one way): 
    • 4 hr 30 min walk
    • 2 hr mountain bike
  • Distance: 14 km
  • This section can be started at either end, but is described here from Whakaipo Bay. 

The track starts at the shelter at the western end of the bay, climbing gently through native forest to the headland between the bays. There are several lookout points on the trail, offering stunning views of Lake Taupō and its surrounds. The trail descends into Whangamata Bay down the side of steep cliffs, and finishes at the beach in Kinloch.

Headland Loop

  • Time (one way): 
    • 3 hr walk
    • 1 hr 30 min mountain bike
  • Distance: 9.5 km

This is an additional loop accessed from half way along the W2K track. It's designed for cyclists or suited to fitter walkers. A good way to do this walk is to split the party and have vehicles at either end of the track, or use a shuttle service.

Getting there

Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road.

Know before you go

These tracks are part of the Great Lake Trail, for more information visit the Love Taupō website

These are shared-use tracks. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Source: Department of Conservation (Banner & Hero image: '154/365 3rd June' by Anne & Nigel Gill / Creative Commons)

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1 Review

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 -   Colin - January 2020

Excellent Grade 3 MTB trail. Some tight bends, plenty of climbing. Suitable for reasonably fit cyclists and experienced e-bikers. If you're quiet, you will see and hear a variety of birds, specially on the headland loop, which is less frequently visited. Be considerate toward walkers - be able to stop within visible distance.

Check out the other Great Lake cycle trails - all are similar difficulty. The easiest is Orakau, with water taxi from Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch. :-)

https://biketaupo.org.nz/index.php/biking/great-lake-trail-3

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Location

Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road., -38.6822, 175.9574