Enjoy three days of glorious cycling, explore the entire Great Lake Trail, and stay at the luxury boutique Whakaipo Lodge perfectly positioned adjacent to Whakaipo Bay, Lake Taupo. Take in spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the mountains of Tongariro National Park on the wheels by day, experience the peace and tranquility in your luxury suite by night, and taste a 4-course dinner featuring the best of local and lodge-grown ingredients and accompanied by fine NZ wines. This three-day-two-night self guided Great Lake Trail cycling tour combines relaxation and adventure, and is sure to create unforgettable memories.
Skirting the western shores of Lake Taupo, the Great Lake Trail provides 71km of all-weather riding through native forest with stunning views across Lake Taupo to the majestic Tongariro National Park. Proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, one of 22 New Zealand Great Rides, the Great Lake Trail takes you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo as well as a truly ancient area that is interwoven with Maori history and stories from a time past.
Over the three days, you will cycle on the three sections of Great Lake Trail: Waihaha section (30km), Kawakawa section (19.5km), W2K section (21km).
At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to Whakaipo Lodge - an architect-designed lodge offering relaxed luxury in a beautiful location. Here, you can relax in the lounge with log fire in Winter, or in the stunning garden setting in Summer, with a glass of complimentary NZ wine or craft beer and canapés, a chat with your knowledgeable Kiwi hosts. Then enjoy a 4-course hosted dinner that delights your palette.
The tour is self guided with pickup and dropoff at Whakaipo Lodge. Bike hire, helmet, water bottle, personal locator beacon (PLB), and packed lunches are included. You only need to carry a daypack.
Combining the best New Zealand cycling experience with award-winning Whakaipo Lodge accommodation, and fine food and wine, this is the epic cycling adventure on the Great Lake Trail.