Bike Taupō is a cycling advocacy group who aim to promote cycling as healthy, environmentally friendly and convenient form of transport and recreation. We work to improve cycling conditions, educate cyclists and other road users and to present in public debate and to relevant authorities the case for cycling. We also build and maintain awesome mountain bike tracks and have energetically developed a network of about 200 kilometres in the Taupō region since the groups formation in 2002.
Bike Taupō’s MTB tracks are well renown and were recently accredited by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) as a Silver Ride Centre, the first in NZ. This confirms our MTB tracks are world class. Most tracks can be ridden year round as the free draining pumice soil surface means that even in wet weather there is normally little or no mud.
We are proud to have completed building the Great Lake Trail, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) network. The 73 kilometre trail flows through native forest, following the western shore of beautiful Lake Taupō and offering stunning views across to Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage area. Riders will have the option of riding the full trail over 2 – 3 days or opt for a range of shorter rides depending on their level of experience and the time available. This is a truly amazing ride.
Crankworx, the world's largest mountain bike festival is being held in March 2015 at nearby Rotorua. Five full on days of two-wheeled competition, spectacle and celebration - it's going to be awesome. Don't miss the fun - use Taupō as your base. While you are here, check out our tracks - enjoy the epic Great Lake Trail (part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network), cruise through Craters MTB Park or meander along the Upper Waikato River and see the powerful Huka Falls. Rotorua is just under an hours drive away and Taupo is an ideal holiday destination.