The Whakaipo Bay side of the W2K track
Image: Kathrin and Stefan Marks | Creative Commons

Introduction

Walk or ride over the headland between Whakaipo and Whangamata bays and enjoy the lake views and native bush.

Video

Track overview

14 km | 23.5 km

Walking and tramping

4 hr 30 min | 8 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

2 hr | 3 hr 30 min Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track

Description

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.

A lookout on the Headland loop.
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 

Headland Loop

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.

Getting there

Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road.

Know before you go

These tracks are part of the Great Lake Trail, for more information visit the Great Lake Trail website.

These are shared-use tracks. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Contacts

Taupo Office
Phone:   +64 7 376 0072
Email:   taupo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   37 Motutaiko Street
Taupo 3330
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