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The Great Lake Trail End to End Cycle 3D2N, Self Guided

The Great Lake Trail End to End Cycle 3D2N, Self Guided

The Great Lake Trail End to End Cycle 3D2N, Self Guided


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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. 

Please click to view Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling Map 

Departure Dates:
Departure every day on request.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, and one of 22 Great Rides, Great Lake Trail is the jewel in the crown of the Central North Island's mountain biking trails. On the shores of Lake Taupo - New Zealand's largest lake, this all-season trail features lush forest and wetlands, waterfalls, beaches and panoramic views from a series of lookouts.

    There are three different sections of the Great Lake Trail (all grade 3, intermediate):

    Waihaha section (30km)
    Kawakawa section (19.5km)
    W2K section (21km)

    The trail is well signposted but remote in parts. Overall, the track is smooth and flowing, but a number of moderate hill climbs make this most suitable for reasonably fit riders.
  • Accommodation

    2 nights' accommodation at Whakaipo Lodge.

    Whakaipo Lodge (5 star luxury boutique lodge)
    "Whakaipo" in Maori means to court, woo, treat with affection, cherish. You'll certainly cherish your time at Whakaipo Lodge. Adjacent to the stunning Whakaipo Bay Reserve on Lake Taupo, Whakaipo Lodge is an architect-designed lodge offering relaxed luxury. The lodge features spacious king suites, gourmet breakfasts, welcome afternoon tea/espresso coffee, pre-dinner glass of wine or local craft beer & canapés, and free Wi-Fi.

    Other Facilities:
    - Guest lounge with log fire
    - An extensive library and music collection for your enjoyment
    - Exquisite, secluded gardens full of native and exotic plants and birdlife
    - 4 hectares (10 acres) of paradise. Come and meet the friendly black-faced Suffolk sheep and white-faced calves
    - Bi-fold doors lead out to the private, sheltered glade of the garden where you can relax and enjoy the seclusion and tranquillity of the beautiful Mapara Valley setting, close to Whakaipo Bay
    - On-site barista will serve you Taupo's own Volcanic gourmet coffee

    The lodge is TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2018 Award Winner.

    Stunning location, luxury accommodation, fabulous food & wine and great company are all here in abundance.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food & Wine

    The tour is all inclusive and you will enjoy great New Zealand food and wine.

    Welcome afternoon tea & espresso coffee is included.

    Breakfast: Full country breakfast.

    Lunch: A freshly packed lunch will be provided for your cycling trip.

    Dinner: Pre-dinner glass of wine or beer & canapés, and 4-course dinners paired with fine NZ wines are offered. Sourced from the very best seasonal produce, the dinner showcases New Zealand's fabulous food & wine.
  • What's Included

    - Three day self guided cycling on the Taupo's Great Lake Trail
    - Two night accommodation at the award-winning Whakaipo Lodge (5 star luxury boutique lodge)
    - Welcome afternoon tea & espresso coffee. On-site barista will serve you Taupo's own Volcanic gourmet coffee
    - Great New Zealand food and wine. 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, 4-course dinners prepared from fresh local produce and accompanied by fine NZ wines
    - Bike hire, helmet, personal locator beacon (PLB), and water bottle are provided
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses). Stay at the award-wining Whakaipo Lodge (5 star luxury boutique lodge)
    - Self guided cycling. Includes bike hire, helmet, personal locator beacon (PLB), and water bottle
    - Great New Zealand food and wine. 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, 4-course dinners prepared from fresh local produce and accompanied by fine NZ wines
    - Transfer to the start and pickup at the end of the ride each day
    - Taupo airport return transfers
    - Free Wi-Fi

    Day 1: Cycle Orakau to Kawakawa Bay & K2K (Kawakawa to Kinloch) section of the Great Lake Trail, approx. 19.5 km; Grade 3: Confident beginner / Intermediate.
    Day 2: Cycle Waihaha & Waihora section of the Great Lake Trail, approx. 30 km; Grade 3: Intermediate.
    Day 3: Cycle W2K section of the Great Lake Trail, approx. 13 km + Optional 9.5 km for the Headland Loop Track; Grade 3: Intermediate.

    Total: Approximately 71 km cycling


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  • Getting There

    The departure point is Taupo, New Zealand.

    How to Get to Taupo, NZ

    BY AIR
    From Auckland: Air New Zealand operates daily flights between Auckland and Taupo.
    From Wellington: Marlborough-based air operator Sounds Air, provide at least three return flights on each weekday and two return flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Private Charters: You can also fly to Taupo Airport via private chartered flights, jets and helicopters. Taupo Airport services Global Expresses, to light twin engine aircraft.

    Auckland - Taupo: 3.5hrs
    Wellington - Taupo: 4.5hrs
    Rotorua - Taupo: 1hr
    Hamilton - Taupo: 2hr
    Napier - Taupo: 2hr
    New Plymouth - Taupo: 3.5hr
    Palmerston North - Taupo: 3.5hrs
  • Weather and Climate

    The summer and winter in Taupo are drastically different, with the warmer months all about outdoor activities, while during winter the scenery is carpeted with a beautiful layer of snow. Taupo has a cold and windy weather and has a temperate sea climate than other locations of North Island.

    During summer months from November to February temperature changes from 10°C to 25°C. During winter temperature changes from -3°C to 12°C. Taupo’s warmest months are from January, February, and March. Coldest months are July and August. Taupo has average annual rainfall of 1100mm. Most rainfall is examined in the months of May to December.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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