Rt Hon John Key officialy opened the Great Lake Trail at Kotukutuku Beach, Lake Taupō, on Thursday 3rd of April at 2:30pm. The Great Lake Trail is another trail opened by the Nga Haeranga (New Zealand Cycle Trail).
John Key mentioned “the future of the cycle trails is bright, with more people choosing New Zealand as a destination for cycling”.
The masterfull trail building has been done by community organization Bike Taupo with funds from the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
The Great Lake Trail is trail one of the 23 Great Rides of the NZ Cycle Trail. It is purpose built singletrack that crosses the ridges of Lake Taupo's western bays and drops down to lake level in between. The Great Lake Trail has been rated as "the best grade 3 trail in New Zealand". The trail has 3 major sections: the Waihaha & Waihora section, the Orakau & Kawakawa section, and the Whakaipo To Kinloch (W2K) section including the Headland Loop. This is a grade 3 trail and is challenging in its climbs but is generally not a very technical ride.
Many riders attended the opening with our shuttle running all day taking riders out to the latest sections of the trail.
New road signage is up on the roads surrounding the trail.