Orakau to Kawakawa Bay
This Grade 3 section takes you from the Whangamata Road car 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 to Kinloch on the K2K trail, or you can transfer to Kinloch by Bay2Bay boat shuttle.
Note : We have sold Bay2Bay, the boat transfer which services the Great Lake Trail, so if you are doing the trail without our guided package, you will have to pre-arrange the boat transfer yourself by contacting Dan Alderson at 022 132 7449.
Distance 9.8km. Approximately 1 hour cycling or 3 hours walking.
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.