The trail length is around 19km starting from the township of Te Anau, running alongside the lake then meets up with the Upper Waiau River. For now the trail ends at Balloon Loop, around half way down the river. The trail can be run, walked or biked and it is ideal for all ages and abilities as not only is it nice and wide at 2.2-2.5m but is rated a Grade 2 Easy.
There are a range of transport and bike hire options in town including e-bikes so how you tackle this one is up to you.
We think a great way to experience the trail is to bike down, then enjoy our jet boat river journey back up. This gives you a chance to catch your breath while you enjoy the landscape from another perspective.