Great Lake Trail

The Great Lake Trail is a 71 km trail on the western shores of Lake Taupō. Bike Taupō started building the trail in 2007 and since then thousands have enjoyed the experience of this iconic trail.
The trail is a grade three mountain bike trail. It is a dual direction trail and is also used by walkers and runners. Construction techniques and a pumice base means there is very little mud, so you can ride the trail in all weathers. The trail was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers so it is a real riders track. And if that is not enough there is also the awesome scenery to captivate you.

Bike Taupō develops and maintains the GLT with support from National Cycleways. To help us with funding applications, we would appreciate it if you can take a few minutes to complete this survey of your experience on the GLT.

Great Lake Trail logo Click to go to the Great Lake Trail website.

The best way to experience the Great Lake Trail is from a base in Kinloch. Wherever you stay in Kinloch it will be a short ride from your accommodation to the GLT along the lakefront. Turning left will take you out on W2K/Headland loop. Turning right leads onto K2K/Orakau. You will need a shuttle or your own transport to ride the western section of GLT. The shuttle and boat options are from Waihaha Bridge (30km) or Waihaha Road end (17km). The third option to ride out and back for up to 60km from the two road access points. 

Northern section of GLT with access points shown.


Western section of GLT with access points shown. 


Great Lake Trails on Trailforks

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