Kids Bike Taupō

“Bringing bikes to the children of the Taupō District to build a cycling culture”

Friday lunchtimes at Mountview School



The 2012 Taupō Cycling Summit highlighted that Taupō is well known for its cycling events but there is a huge gap within our local people who do not ride or get regular exercise.  We believe that getting kids out riding will lead to an increase in adults on bikes, and a safer and healthier community, and help to develop a stronger cycling culture in Taupō.  The Kids Bike Taupō Programme (Kids BT) grew from this realisation. 


The emphasis is on fun and getting moving, and since we started in November 2012 we have had approaching 12,500 rides on bikes with 160 being first time on 2 wheels.  Kids BT is being supported with $3,000 per year for 10 years from the Council plus some other small funding, but has largely been a voluntary programme.  With ongoing support from Taupō Moana Rotary we have now purchased a jumbo van to carry up to 30 bikes, 4 jumps, a seesaw and helmets.  Kids BT can now meet people at the BMX Track, Craters MTB Park – Wairakei Forest, Lions’ Walk and other great riding places all around the district.  Bike Taupō has introduced subscriptions from its members and a percentage of this income will help the Kids BT Programme.



The programme is in its tenth term and is growing and changing.  We want to make it a long term sustainable operation.  To do this we are seeking additional funding to cover the contractor costs.

The table below shows the on-going costs that we imagine for 2015, in order of priority. Taupō Moana Rotary has donated $9,000 for the van and the bike maintenance




Projected Costs for 2015


1.Van Running Costs

10,000km x 70c km for 12 months


2.Bike Maintenance

$50 x 40 weeks


4. Contractor

10 weeks x 4 terms @ $500 plus $1,000 other events 






Kids Bike Taupō Long Term Goals for Children in the District

By the end of Year 2

  •  Can ride on two wheels competently.  Demonstrated by starting and stopping alone, negotiating a cone obstacle course and ride our low see saw and easy  ramps.
  •  Will be able to identify a properly fitted helmet and ask for help to if it isn’t.
  •  Will be able to check if the tyres are inflated enough and get help to pump them up.
  •  Will be able to check if the brakes work well and tell an adult if they don’t.

At the end of Year 4

  •   Can show that they can ride in a straight line with either hand off the handlebars.
  •   Will be able to control a bike slowly down a steep hill, using both brakes and standing on their pedals.
  •   Will be able to ride at least 2km on a Grade 2 mountainbike track.
  •   Can comfortably ride 5km on a flat path.
  •   Will be able to ride around the Pump Track and the BMX Track.
  •   Know how to adjust a bike helmet so it fits properly.
  •   Can adjust the seat height on the bike.
  •   Know how to pump up their tyres to the correct pressure.

At the end of Year 6

  •   Will have completed Grade 1 and 2 of the Road Safety Bicycle Course, so that they are competent riding on quiet streets.
  •   Can comfortably ride 5km on a Grade 2 mountainbike track.
  •   Can comfortably ride 10km on an easy path or on quiet streets.

Kids Bike Taupō Programme Ideas for Schools

Free ride/skills session at school.  Bikes, jumps, see saw and games. 1.5 hours


Session at the BMX Track.  1.5-2 hours.


Mountainbiking at Craters Mountainbike Park - Wairakei Forest.  Great Lake Trail, Kinloch.  Pureora Forest Timber Trails.  Waikato River Trail, Atiamuri/Whakamaru/Mangakino.  Tongariro River Trail, Turangi.  Up to 30 and probably 2-3 hours, whatever fits your schedule?


Spa Park/ODP Adventure.  Meet at Taupo Events Centre and we can spend 2-4 hours at Pump Track, Velodrome, mountainbike tracks.


Five Mile Bay Walkway.  Meet me at Wharewaka or Five Mile Bay and we can ride the easy track along the lake.  2-4 hours.

Lion's Walk.  Meet at Boat Harbour/Hot Water Beach/2 Mile Bay.  Ride as long as you like.


Please consider how your organisation could help Bike Taupō to continue and grow this programme. Contact us at  

You can also phone Cath Oldfield 027 280 4005 or email

Tips on Getting Kids Riding On Two Wheels

You can watch Cath at work at Mount View School here: 


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