Mountain bike trails around Taupo and the Central North Island

Taupo has a variety of great mountain bike trails accessible from town and an amazing range of mountain bike tracks within an hours drive. Extend that scope to two hours drive and it’s clear that Taupo is the mountain biking capital of New Zealand’s North Island.

Whether you are looking for gentle rides for the family, or epic back country adventures, the greater Taupo region has it all on offer. The mountain bike tracks around Taupo are second to none in NZ. Taupo has been ranked as a “Silver Ride Center” by IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association).

Below is a list of mountain bike trails in the greater Taupo region and the Central North Island. Tread Routes services all of these rides with shuttles, guiding, bike hire and package tours. Whether you are a beginner looking for an introductory experience, or a seasoned expert, Tread Routes is your one stop shop for mountain biking services in the Central North Island. 

Local Taupo mountain bikers and visitors alike are fortunate to have the local community lead organization Bike Taupo managing our great mountain bike trails. Bike Taupo both builds and maintains the trails in the immediate Taupo area. These include: The Great Lake Trail, Craters mountain bike park, and our local river trails which connect the Taupo CBD to Craters mountain bike park as well as Aratiatia Dam.