The stunning Great Lake Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, from Waihaha to Whakaipo Bay. Once complete (in March 2014), it will provide 71 km of all-weather riding through native forest with stunning views across Lake Taupo to the majestic Tongariro National Park. This gem can be ridden in all seasons - the trac's pumice soil surface means that even in wet weather there is normally little or no mud on the trail.
Riders have the option of riding the full trail over two or three days or choosing shorter riding options to suit fitness, experience and the time available. A water taxi will eventually be able to ferry riders and bikes to four access points along the trail, making a variety of trips possible.
- Waihaha (from Western Bays Road for 14km),
- Whangamata Road to Kawakawa Bay and Kinloch (18km), and
- W2K and Headland Loop (24km).
- Waihaha to Waihora Bay (17km) - to be completed by March 2014.
The Great Lake Trail is being developed through a partnership involving Bike Taupo, the Taupo District Council, the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Cycle Trail Project.