Great Lake Trail W2K and Headland Loop

Ride the trail that links the two beautiful bays of Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay and take in the awe inspiring views across Lake Taupo on the way.

W2K (Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay)

Grade

3

Distance

13km

Time required

Cycling 2 hours, Walking 3 hours

Phone coverage

Intermittent

Toilets

At start and finish of trail

Shuttle

Yes. Shuttle services and water taxi available.

Description:

The W2K trail starts at the shelter on the Kinloch Domain. From here you can follow markers around the marina and along the lakefront till the trail heads up a gully to Boojum Dell. The trail then enters native bush and climbs steadily up to the headland where there are magnificent views across Lake Taupo and back down into Kinloch to be had.  From the top of the headland, there is the option to do the separate 9.5km Headland Loop (see below) or carry on down the long and flowing descent into Whakaipo Bay to complete the 13km trail.

Car parking is available at both ends of the trail and you can arrange a shuttle service to take you back to your car if you don’t want to ride the return trip. The trail can also be ridden in reverse.

 

 

Headland Loop (optional addition to the W2K)

Grade

3

Distance

9.5km

Time required

Cycling 1.5 hours, Walking 3 hours

Phone coverage

Intermittent

Toilets

At start and finish of Headland Loop

Description:

The Headland Loop is an optional loop trail off the W2K trail that follows around the top of the Whangamata Bluffs out to the end of the headland. The trail meanders through native bush and takes in fantastic views of the Kaimanawas to the east, the Karangahape Cliffs and Tongariro National Park. There is also a short lookout trail off the headland loop that is well worth the detour.

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