Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Great Lake Trail - Waihaha Section

Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Richard Murphy

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 30 ?

Gnarl Factor: 16 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.7%


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This is a beautiful track that does not pose too many challenges through the surface or undulations. As it is intended for mountain bikers the climbs are gentle and include many switchbacks. After the Waihaha waterfall look out at 7km and there are toilets and vehicle access at approx 12km. After this access point the trail twists and turns its way through bush occasionally popping out on a bluff over the lake edge. The track is very clearly marked. The lake and mountain views are spectacular and there is always a seat to rest on! Except for when you on a bluff you are mostly under tree cover. 

The track initially follows a stream

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Parking is remote but quite safe, I did this as a point to point run as a group. We got dropped off at the start point after leaving vehicles in Kinloch and then at the finish used a water taxi to get back to our cars. The finish point is only accessible by water taxi - or you could run back out!

53 km

37 minutes




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Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

Carry your own water

The final 5km has patches of mud. Boardwalks/bridges are common towards the end which would be very slippery when wet. Make sure you carry sufficient water and warm clothes as you are isolated and the temperatures can drop and be very low.

In the past there have been some slips on the track however, a maintenance crew regularly maintains the condition and water taxi staff would have update information.

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Ruth Steeghs

Ruth Steeghs

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Trail Reviews

Amazing views. The track is a great pumice surface with lots of hills. My favourite lake trail

Ruth Steeghs

January 20

Completed this as part of the Taupo Ultra 100k course ... stunning scenery

Toni Grace

January 29, 2020

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