At Chris Jolly Outdoors, we offer guided or independent biking packages designed to suit your individual fitness levels and requirements. Bike through native bush, around picturesque bays or along stunning river trails.



The Great Lake Trail is an epic journey to invigorate your senses. It follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupō, and takes in the stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Enjoy extensive native bush, dramatic scenery, serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, lyrical bird song and much more.

There are three parts to the trail, on the western side of Lake Taupo is a 30 km section (Waihora & Waihaha) and on the northern side is a further 41 km of track in two sections (Orakau & K2K and W2K & Headland). Cycle the whole track in two or three days or break it up and choose the sections/links you want to experience.   Chris Jolly Outdoors can organise your transfers to the start of the track and we offer the boat transfer from Waihora Bay (Kotukutuku Stream) to Kinloch or Kawakawa Bay where the Orakau or K2K links can be continued.

IMPORTANT: There is no link between the end of the Waihora link (Kotukutuku Stream in Waihora Bay) and the Orakau or K2K links.  A pre-arranged boat transfer is required to get between these areas or back to Kinloch.  Chris Jolly Outdoors has the EXCLUSIVE landing access to these beaches. 

The Great Lake Trail is a two-way trail but for the best riding or walking experience, ride or walk in a west to east direction.  Cycle the whole track in two – three days or break is up and choose the sections/links you want to enjoy.

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Great Lake Trail Transfers


Ride the stunning latest section of the Great Lake Trail, the Waihaha section, starting on the western side of Lake Taupo and finishing on the beach at Waihora Bay. This 30km section of track offers great riding through pristine native bush with breathtaking vistas out across the Lake to the mountains.

Chris Jolly Outdoors has just added a land bike shuttle (fits up to 10 bikes) which will provide a seamless bike shuttle transfer service from any access points along the Great Lake Trail.

Let us drop you and your bikes off at your chosen access points and let us arrange for your water transfer on our Bay2Bay boat from Waihora Bay to Kawakawa Bay or Kinloch.

Bay2Bay can pick up 14 hikers and bikers and 11 bikes right from the beach. Bay2Bay rates are based on a minimum of 4 people. Bookings are essential.

  • Pick up and drop off all around the Great Lake Trail (Waihaha, Waihora, Kinloch and Kawakawa and Whakaipo Bays)
  • Catering for up to 14 people and 11 bikes
  • Gets you access out of the new Waihaha section of the trail
  • Seamless land and water packages available

Download a copy of our Great Lake Trail Boat transfers here.
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Great Lake Trail – self-guided including land and boat shuttle

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Jonathan Kennett describes this section as “The best Grade 3 ride in New Zealand.” An extraordinary and scenically beautiful ride with expansive views of Lake Taupo and the majestic volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. Ride amongst vast stands of Kamahi, through volcanic rock formations, past the intriguing Echo rock and descend down to Waihora Bay. 30km Grade 3 ride. Mountain biking experience required.

Approximately 6.5 hours walking or 4.5 hours riding.

Included:  4WD transfer to start of track and water shuttle return to Kinloch.


Orakau to Kawakawa Bay

This Grade 3 section takes you from the Whangamata Road carp park, with the trail following the Orakau Stream and Karakeke (flax) wetland through regenerating native bush down to Kawakawa Bay on the edge of Lake Taupo.  The trail is generally downhill and offers stunning views across the lake to the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.

You can continue the ride back to Kinloch on the K2K trail, or you can transfer back to Kinloch by Bay2Bay boat shuttle.

Distance 9.8km.  Approximately 1 hour cycling or 3 hours walking.

Orakau, Great Lake Trail

K2K – Kawakawa to Kinloch

From the Kawakawa Bay, the trail climbs up through native bush to the Te Kauwae headland providing a reward of spectacular views across the lake and up the Western Bays.  The trail then descends to the lake edge with the final section on the lake front before finishing at the shelter on the domain in the village of Kinloch.  Distance 9.2km

Approximately 3 hours walking or 1.5 hours riding.

Included: 4WD transfer to start of track from Kinloch.

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Fully inclusive Guided Biking packages

Biking Taupo

The ultimate ride and relax –  Bike & Cruise

Following the Orakau Trail–part of the new New Zealand Cycle Trail (Nga Haerenga) in the North Island. The trail starts close to the holiday settlement of Kinloch and winds its way through native bush to the secluded Kawakawa Bay, where you will be met by your private launch.

A dip in the crystal clear water to cool down before you board if you wish and once onboard sit back, relax and enjoy a sumptuous lunch, whilst you cruise back to Taupo.

The Maori rock carvings will be viewed on the way and you can try your hand at some trout fishing as well. This is an all-inclusive package – transfers, guided ride, private 3hr charter launch, trout fishing, licences, lunch and refreshments.

Round trip 5 hours.

Good bike fitness is required

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Guided Biking

Biking Around Taupo 2

Aratiatia Dam to Huka Falls

This ride is timed to coincide with the opening of the flood gates at the Aratiatia dam providing a great spectacle with the rapidly rising water. The ride back along the mighty Waikato River is along a good scenic track and ends at the spectacular Huka Falls – the most visited natural sight in New Zealand. The gates open at 10.00am and 2.00pm so you will be collected 30 minutes prior to this

Ride time is 1 hour and return trip 2.5 hours.
Medium fitness required.

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Biking Around Taupo

Bike and coffee ride

A two hour scenic ride along the shores of Lake Taupo starting in the township and riding out alongside the Lake, past hot water beach, past some of Taupo’s iconic batches on an easy trail to Wharewaka Point. On the return ride you will be rewarded with a coffee stop where you can stretch your legs, sit and soak up the vistas of Lake Taupo and enjoy a good coffee before the final part of the trip home.

Grade 1. Easy ride.
Ride time is 2 hours.
Return trip 3 hours.

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Taupo Multi-Day Biking Package  4 Nights 3 Days

Viewing platform along the Great Lake Walkway

Leisure riding along the Great Lake Walkway

Tongariro River Trail

Optional stop at the Tongariro National Trout Centre

Visit Huka Falls, the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand

Huka Trails Rotary Ride video guide

Looking out towards the mountains along the Great Lake Trail

Waihaha Section, Great Lake Trail video guide

Waihora Section, Great Lake Trail video guide

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Water taxi ride back on Bay2Bay

Taupo’s Ultimate Multi-Day Biking Package

The Great Lake Taupo region offers amazing biking experiences via its many year-round mountain biking trails and we have the knowledge to ensure you have a fun time enjoying them.

Chris Jolly Outdoors is now offering a multi-day biking package where we will arrange everything to make your biking holiday a wonderful experience to remember. Let us take care of all the logistic hassle. All you have to do is pedal and enjoy the ride.

Price : $720 per person, based on a min of 4 people, twin sharing

Package includes:

  • 4 night accommodation at a 4 star hotel strategically located within the heart of Taupo town centre
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 days of biking
  • Shuttle and transfers to all the trails
  • An accompanying rider
  • Picnic lunch on Day 3

Can be arranged on request at additional cost:

  • Bike hire
  • Restaurant bookings

Our itinerary is structured as such so that you can enjoy biking during the day and still have time to relax or explore the town in the late afternoons/evenings.


Check in the night before at your accommodation, conveniently located within walking distance to the lake edge and the town centre.

Free day to explore Taupo town.

Day 1

Great Lake Walkway

To get you warmed up we start with a leisure ride along the edge of Lake Taupo on a pathway out past 5 mile bay to Waitahanui. The Great Lake Walkway is a fairly flat shared track where you can take in the amazing scenery of the lake and mountains with plenty of picnic and rest areas along the way. Great photo opportunities or dip your toes into the hot water spots. This trail is 10km and takes 1-2 hours.

Tongariro River Trail

After biking the Great Lake Walkway, we will shuttle you to the township of Turangi (40 mins south of Taupo) where we will take you to the best café in Turangi for an early lunch before riding the Tongariro River Trail.

The Tongariro River Trail is a gentle Grade 2, 15km loop track on mostly flat terrain with a few small undulating climbs. Highlights include riding over swing bridges, watching anglers fly fishing in the Tongariro River and visiting the Tongariro National Trout Centre (optional). The trail will take around 2 hours to complete.

Day 2

Huka Trails Rotary Ride

Today we will ride the Huka Trails Rotary Ride to the Aratiatia Dam. This Grade 2-3 trail will take you along the Waikato River as you climb up through native bush, emerging to stunning views of the native bush and river below.

The trail follows a gradual downhill towards Huka Falls and then on to Aratiatia Dam which is another 7km away. The flood gates on the dam open at 10am, 12pm and 2pm (with an extra 4pm in summer). It is a pretty impressive sight so we will time your ride appropriately.

After Aratiatia Dam, you then ride back along the other side of the river. There is a lovely café just before Huka Falls called The Hub where you stop for a cup of coffee before continuing a short ride down to view the majestic Huka Falls, the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand.

After viewing the falls we then continue riding back to the start where the shuttle will be waiting.

Allow 5 hours for this entire ride.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 3

Great Lake Trail

Today we will take you on an epic mountain biking adventure riding the Waihaha-Waihora section of the Great Lake Trail, voted one of the most popular trails of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

This Grade 3, 30km section, will take you through native bush, towering volcanic rock cliffs, spectacular views and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley. The trail has been built with flowing corners, fun downhills and some short switchback climbs to keep you on your toes.

Picnic lunch stop will be at one of the amazing vistas.

At the end of the trail is a beautiful, remote Waihora Bay where our Bay2Bay water taxi will be waiting. Many bikers have said that the cruise back on the lake to Kinloch is the perfect way to end the day.

The round trip will take approx 6-hours.

The hot pools may be a great way to finish the day, followed by a meal in one of Taupo’s boutique eateries and some celebratory wines to top off your awesome biking adventure.

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