Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (W2K)
Time (one way): 4 hr 30 min walk, 2 hr mountain bike
Distance: 14 km
This section can be started at either end, but is described here from Whakaipo Bay.
The track starts at the shelter at the western end of the bay, climbing gently through native forest to the headland between the bays. There are several lookout points on the trail, offering stunning views of Lake Taupo and its surrounds. The trail descends into Whangamata Bay down the side of steep cliffs, and finishes at the beach in Kinloch.
One of many lookout points on the Headland Loop. The bench shows the names of Bike Taupō members who helped build the track.
PHOTO: Alastair Smith | Creative Commons
Time (one way): 3 hr walk, 1 hr 30 min mountain bike
Distance: 9.5 km
This is an additional loop accessed from half way along the W2K track. It's designed for cyclists or suited to fitter walkers. A good way to do this walk is to split the party and have vehicles at either end of the track, or use a shuttle service.
Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road.
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