Great Lake Trail Package Tours

The Great Lake Trail is a 73km Grade 3 mountain bike trail. The there are lots of ways to ride the Great Lake Trail, because it has 3 main sections that can be ridden in any order. One of the sections requires a boat transfer to finish the ride. If you don't see a package that fits your needs exactly we can customise any package to suit your group.

Or you can choose your own date which will be subject to availability and minimum numbers and pricing.

1. Full trail two day package $190

2017/18 Scheduled Tours  

Green = Available, Yellow = Limited availability/space, Red = Full

September 8&10, 23&24, 30 & Oct 1, 2017

October 5&6, 19&20, 22&23, 26&27, 2017

November 2&3, 16&17, 30 & Dec 1, 2017

December 16&17, 30&31, 31 & Jan 1, 2017

January 3&4, 6&7, 28&29, 2018

February 1&2, 5&6, 2018, 2018

March 1&2, 17&18, 2018

April 1&2, 11&12, 26&27, 2018

Base Package - The transport necessities for 2 days of riding:

Day 1: Meet our shuttle at Whakaipo Bay, the eastern end of the trail. Our shuttle will take you to the Orakau car park on Whangamata Rd. The ride is 34km back to your car at Whakaipo Bay. Kinloch is a good coffee stop part way, and there is also an option to add a 9km loop near the end of the ride.

Day 2: Meet our shuttle in Taupo (or Kinloch) for transport to the western end of the trail,the start of the 30km Waihaha & Waihora Section. At the end of your ride, a boat service will transfer you back to Taupo (or Kinloch).

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Price includes:

Day 1: Shuttle from Whakaipo Bay to the Orakau Car Park

Day 2: Shuttle from Taupo (or Kinloch) to the Waihaha Bridge Car Park, and a boat transfer from Kotukutuku Beach in Waihora Bay to Taupo (or Kinloch).

Optional extras:

Guiding: Contact us for pricing

Bike hire: $120 per person for 2 days

 

2. Waihaha to Waihora package $140

2017/18 Scheduled Dates Green = Available, Yellow = Limited availability/space, Red = Full

September 8, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, 2017

October 1, 5, 6, 8, 15 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 2017

November 2, 3, 16, 17, 19, 2017

December 16, 17, 30, 31, 2017

January 1, 3, 4 , 6, 7, 21, 28, 29, 2018

February 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 2018

March 1, 2, 4, 15, 17, 18, 30, 2018

April 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27, 29, 2018

Waihaha & Waihora one day package - the transport necessities:

Meet our shuttle in Kinloch for transport to the western end of the trail, the start of the 30km Waihaha & Waihora Section. At the end of your ride, a boat service will transfer you back to Kinloch.

Price includes:

Shuttle from Taupo (or Kinloch) to the Waihaha Bridge Car Park, and a boat transfer from Kotukutuku Beach in Waihora Bay to Taupo (or Kinloch).

Optional extras:

Guiding: Contact us for pricing

Bike hire: $70 per person 

3. Waihaha to Whakaipo package $140

2017/18 Scheduled Dates Green = Available, Yellow = Limited availability/space, Red = Full

September 8, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, 2017

October 1, 5, 6, 8, 15 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 2017

November 2, 3, 16, 17, 19, 2017

December 16, 17, 30, 31, 2017

January 1, 3, 4 , 6, 7, 21, 28, 29, 2018

February 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 2018

March 1, 2, 4, 15, 17, 18, 30, 2018

April 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27, 29, 2018

Waihaha & Whakaipo one day package - the transport necessities:

Meet our shuttle at Whakaip Bay (the east end of the trail) for transport to the western end of the trail (Waihaha Bridge Car Park) to the start the 30km Waihaha & Waihora Section. 30km into your ride at Waihora Bay a boat will pick you up at the pre booked time and transfer you to Kawakawa Bay where you can continue riding*. You will ride another 10km before reaching the village of Kinloch which makes the ideal lunch stop. From Kinloch you can choose whether you want to do another 14km or 23km** before finishing at Whakaipo Bay (where your car is parked).

* You also have the option of the boat dropping you off in Kinloch if you don't want to ride the next 10km section.

** You have the option of adding the 9km Headland Loop on the W2K section in between Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay.

Price includes:

Shuttle from Whakaipo Bay to the Waihaha Bridge Car Park, and a boat transfer from Kotukutuku Beach in Waihora Bay to Kawakawa Bay (or Kinloch).

Optional extras:

Guiding: Contact us for pricing

Bike hire: $70 per person

 4. Orakau to Kinloch package with bike hire included $120

2017/18 Scheduled Dates  Green = Available, Yellow = Limited availability/space, Red = Full

September 8, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, 2017

October 1, 5, 6, 8, 15 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 2017

November 2, 3, 16, 17, 19, 2017

December 16, 17, 30, 31, 2017

January 1, 3, 4 , 6, 7, 21, 28, 29, 2018

February 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 2018

March 1, 2, 4, 15, 17, 18, 30, 2018

April 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27, 29, 2018

Base Package:

Our shuttle will meet you in Kinloch with your pre-booked hire bikes all ready to go. You will then be shuttled to the Orakau Car Park on Whangamata Road (15min drive) where your start your ride. The 20km Orakau to Kinloch section of the Great Lake Trail goes down to the stunning and remote Kawakawa Bay before climbing over the ridge and descending again to Kinloch. The bikes will be collected from Kinloch after you have finished your ride.

Package includes:

Bike hire: hard tail mountain bike (bike hire includes helmet and tool kit).

Shuttle from Kinloch to the Orakau Car Park (the start of the ride).

This package can be arranged so that you are picked up by our shuttle at Whakaipo Bay (instead of Kinloch). This way you would have a 34km ride back to your car (instead of 20km). You would still pass through Kinloch during the ride, allowing for a cafe stop.

Optional extras:

Guiding: Contact us for pricing

Round trip transport from Taupo

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Introduction to the 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. Visit our Great Lake Trail page for more information.