Last Updated: 13th May 2024


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Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 13th May 2024


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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 54 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.3%


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Starting from Boojum Dell, the W2K trail heads up the hill from here, climbing steadily up through native bush and onto the headland, providing spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the mountains of Tongariro National Park as well as back down to Kinloch. Once on top of the headland the trail starts a long, flowing descent down to Whakaipo Bay. This route includes the headland loop but if you don't do this loop it takes out about 9km. The headland loop has more stunning views out towards the Kaimanawa Ranges, the Karangahape Cliffs and Tongariro National Park to the south so the extra 9km are worth it.

Once at Whakaipo Bay you can either be picked up there or turn around and run back (missing the headland loop on the way back would mean about a 35km run).

Views of lake and the mountain.

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Public street so plenty of parking on street.

22 km

21 minutes




Generally good.

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


Track gets very muddy after rain so it will slow you down. Trail shoes highly recommended.

keep an eye out for mountain bikers

Trail Legend


Lynette McGaughran

has completed W2K twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Great track. Really good 'nasty' climb for about 9.7km to start, then it's undulating but mostly great downhill trails to the end. Easy to run when dry, imagine it might get a big slippery/boggy during winter? Beautiful peeks through the trees at points. Wonderful views when you see these. One long drop toilet around half way ish?

Trina McClune

October 12, 2020

Ran as second half of Taupō Ultra 50k. Beautiful trail to run on and beautiful bush. The hills are fairly undulating.

Sally Woodfield

October 11, 2020

Muddy but fun

Dave Corlett

August 26, 2020

Fantastic trail with some awesome undulating elevation.

Noeline Best

January 31, 2020

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