Bike Taupo – May Newsletter

The Great Lake Trail

If you didn't already know, the Great Lake Trail is now complete and able to be ridden in full. The final leg of the Waihaha section was completed in March, wrapping up the last 30km of this 71km trail. Johnathan Kennett, the author of ‘The New Zealand Cycle Trails Nga Haerenga,’ and project manager for the New Zealand Cycle Trails completed a track assessment and said it is the best Grade 3 ride in New Zealand, so we are mighty proud.  This is a great asset to our region for locals, visitors and businesses. Built on free draining pumice, it can be enjoyed all year round with little or no mud - get  off the couch this winter! Think big blue skies, snowy capped mountains, expansive lake views and sweet flowing single tracks. Read Bay2Bays update on boat transfers that service the Great Lake Trail.

The Great Lake Trail now has its own facebook page so you can bike, hike, like and share.

Not content to sit back, Pete M and his team of crafty track builders are currently developing a campground near the Kotukutuku Landing. They saw an opportunity to offer a camping experience in the wilderness so start planning a night under the stars.


Tee Shirts & Hoodies

Be seen in a quality Bike Taupō or Great Lake Trail tee shirt. They're available online or at the local cycle shops - Pack and Pedal, Top Gear Cycles and the Cornershop. There's also a limited number of snuggly warm hoodies available only online.

Fonterra Road Safety Initiative

When: 17th May 1300 - 1500 hrs

Where: Reporoa Fonterra Dairy Factory

What: Fonterra are a very safety conscience company, and are proactive when it comes to safer roads and have invited the Taupo Cycling Community, along with the Rotorua Cycle Club to join in with them at their Factory at Reporoa

Why To build better understanding between road users, i.e. Tankers, Cyclists

What's Involved: They will set up on the private road a number of tankers, for people to ride beside,  along with rides in a tanker,  Sam (the manager) will provide some go-pro cameras,  to use both on bike, and in truck.

Along with the briefing that they give their drivers every day, there will be an open forum for both cyclists and drivers to talk.

Finished off with a BBQ supplied by Fonterra.

The idea is that this is a trial run, which then can go to other Fonterra sites,  and trucking firms.

What you do: We would like to extend an open invitation to anyone that wants to come along, you will get to see things from a truckers point of view, along with the opportuntiy to share your concerns or positive experiences.

Next: Email Carl now! and register your interest, (just for catering) to or text 021741903. We will look at car pooling, more info will be on our Facebook page 


Kids Bike Taupō

Cath & Co who “Bring bikes to the children of the Taupō District to build a cycling culture” are wanting more people on the Kids Bike Taupō subcommittee to help them with admin & planning to continue delivering a high quality programme within schools. No experience necessary, just passion and enthusiasm to get more kids back onto bikes. Contact

Here's Kids Bike Taupōs new logo which will soon be seen on the van that transports the bikes and equipment around town.

Our Latest Partners 

The good guys in our community who contribute to make cycling better:

Tihoi Tavern - our latest Great Lake Trail Partner & your last coffee, food and drink stop before hitting the Waihaha/and Waihora links of the Great Lake Trail. If you're an endurance rider it'll be your first stop after riding the links there and back. Phew!

Farmlands - proud sponsor of Kids Bike Taupō.

Sport Waikato who have put funding towards Kids Bike Taupō. They like kids to be active and healthy.

Wairakei Resort - not only has the Resort contributed towards the development of the Steamfield  tracks in The Craters MTB Park, they have also made available the use of their land  around their golf course to provide direct public access. The track crew have completed about 3km of the 6km of track planned.

Taupō District Council Annual Plan Submission

Bike Taupō aims to promote cycling as healthy, environmentally friendly and convenient form of transport and recreation. We work to improve cycling conditions, educate cyclists and other road users and to present in public debate and to relevant authorities the case for cycling. Please take the time to read our submission on the Taupō Annual Plan 2014/2015 which advocates for a safer & improved cycling environment for our community and visitors.

Track Damage

If you are out and about on our tracks and come across storm damge or fallen trees email  the track crew so they can attend to it.


Happy Cycling and remember...

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein 







Waihora Link, Great Lake Trail

Departing Kotukutuku Landing, Great Lake Trail

The Lookout on the Waihora Link, Great Lake Trail

Huka Falls, Upper Waikato River Trails

Great Lake Trail tee shirt

Kids Bike Taupō at the BMX track

Ian Jensen (committee member) & Rowan Sapsford (chairperson)

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