Last Updated: 13th Nov 2023


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SH1 Leg Stretcher

Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 13th Nov 2023


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Grunt Factor: 5 ?

Gnarl Factor: 14 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.4%


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Very simple straightforward point to point track...the only off-shoot is at about 900m where there is a small track to the right where the main trail turns left. The wee trail is worth a quick look as it brings you to a great lookout spot. It appears that it then decends rapidly down to the road but I turned around and went back to the main trail. At about 1.5km you come to the end of the trail on State Highway 1 a bit south of you start, you then retrace your steps.

Note: Dogs kept on a lead are permitted.

Great views down Lake Taupo

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There is room off the road for 3 or 4 vehicles.

29 km

27 minutes





Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a stream at the start and end of the trail.

Lake Taupo area is usually pretty good all year round.

A couple of areas have steep drop-offs and care should be taken.

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Trail Reviews

Perfect little legstretcher to break up our travels. Parked at the rest area, just south & across the road, as plenty of turning room there for our bus ;) Interesting wee track & views! 👍🏼 Gosh the leaves were slippery today; nearly canned over half a dozen times 🤪😆

DJ Gillming

November 8, 2023

This is a cool interesting trail worth a stop on a trip up or down past Taupo. Highly recommend a jump off Bully point afterwards

Brad Geen

March 19, 2021

Loved this little run today, had no idea it was a WT trail until I got a notification through! Just under 4km if you run from the boat ramp like I did. Great trail with epic views, awesome old school Trail, would love to know the history of trail.

Kelda Robinson

December 26, 2020

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