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Taupo is a world class mountain bike destination.

The pleasure of riding these premium trails should not be missed!


Bike Taupo is a cycle advocacy group with a passion for building and maintaining bike trails

The stunning Great Lake Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle trail and follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, from Waihaha to Whakaipo Bay.

This trail was officially opened in April 2014 and provides 71km of all-weather riding through native forest with views across Lake Taupo to the majestic Tongariro National Park.

Riders have the option of riding the full trail over two days or choosing shorter options to suit fitness, experience and the time available. There are three sections of trail that can be ridden as standalone rides. A water taxi can ferry riders and bikes to four access points along the trail.

Taupo is an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Silver Level Ride Centre and the Great Lake Trail forms part of the Taupo trail network that has been awarded this recognition, and is one of only ten Silver Ride Centres worldwide.

Visit the ever expanding Craters MTB Park in the Wairakei Forest.  You will find an extensive range of single track rides for the novice or children to technical cross country.   Please note that all users of Craters MTB Park must be a member of Bike Taupo.  There are annual and visitor options, you can join online or visit a local cycle shop, or the Hub Kitchen Café.

Many other mountain bike trails can be enjoyed within an hours drive of Taupo including the Tongariro River, Lower Waikato River and the Pureora Timber Trails

For the road cyclist Taupo has a variety of country roads and the Lyons Walk on Lake Taupo’s lakefront provides easy cycling on the shared use path out to Wharewaka Point and beyond to Waitahanui.

Local bike shops and tourist operators have bikes for hire.


Other sites of interest and for information on one of the many cycling events held annually in Taupo see below:-