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Great Lake Trail - Waihaha Section, Waikato

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Great Lake Trail - Waihaha SectionBeginner

Submitted by Richard Murphy

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



The track is designed for mountain biking so is a generally flat surface in good condition. In the final 5 or so kilometres you can come across some short muddy sections.

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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. 

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Features of interest

The track initially follows a stream

Make Up of Run

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Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 100%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Starts at the same car park as the 100km Taupo Ultra. From Taupo, drive 57km (around 40 mins) to the Waihaha River Bridge on the Western Bays Road (State Highway 32). If you are coming from Kinloch, the bridge is 37kms (around 30 mins) away. The Waihaha Track starts from the car park at the eastern side of the bridge.

    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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