Looking down into Kawakawa Bay from the K2K track

Image: Amelia Willis | DOC


The K2K and Orakau tracks both take you into the picturesque Kawakawa Bay; walk or ride the trails separately, or link them together for a longer day out.


Track overview

9 km | 10 km

Walking and tramping

2 hr | 3 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

1 hr | 1 hr 30 min Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Kinloch to Kawakawa (K2K)

Time (one way): 2 hr walk, 1 hr 30 min mountain bike
Distance: 9 km 

The track to Kawakawa Bay begins at the western end of the beach to the right of the parking area. Glorious views feature as the track climbs from Whangamata Bay and sidles along the top of a broad cliff. The bush is dominated by rewarewa but look out for the giant matai too.

Once you reach the rocky lookout the track winds down into Kawakawa Bay. Here there is a shelter, toilet and plenty of opportunities for a swim or lakeside picnic.

Return via the same track, or link with the Orakau trail.


Time (one way): 3 hr walk, 1 hr mountain bike
Distance: 10 km 

From the carpark on Whangamata Road, the trail follows the Orakau Stream and wetland through regenerating native bush down to the beach at Kawakawa Bay. The trail is generally downhill and offers views across Lake Taupō.

Return via the same track, or continue on to Kinloch via the K2K.

Getting there

Kinloch is a small lakeside settlement 24 km from Taupo. Travel north from Taupo on SH1 over the Waikato River, at the top of the hill turn left into Poihipi Road and follow signs to Kinloch. 

To get to Orakahu car park, follow Kinloch Rd north, then turn west onto Whangamata Rd (approximately 10 km). 

Know before you go

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

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


Taupo Office
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Taupo 3330
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Taupo 3351
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