W2K Section

Phone Coverage: Intermittent

At start and end of the section

Shuttle: Park your vehicle in Kinloch and arrange for your shuttle to pick you up at the end of the track at Whakaipo Bay.
Water Taxi: Pre-booked boat transfer available from Whakaipo Bay and Kinloch. Bookings are essential.

Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (W2K)

Time (one way): 4 hr 30 min walk, 2 hr mountain bike
Distance: 14 km 

This section can be started at either end, but is described here from Whakaipo Bay. 

The track starts at the shelter at the western end of the bay, climbing gently through native forest to the headland between the bays. There are several lookout points on the trail, offering stunning views of Lake Taupo and its surrounds. The trail descends into Whangamata Bay down the side of steep cliffs, and finishes at the beach in Kinloch.

Headland Loop

Time (one way): 3 hr walk, 1 hr 30 min mountain bike
Distance: 9.5 km

This is an additional loop accessed from half way along the W2K track. It's designed for cyclists or suited to fitter walkers. A good way to do this walk is to split the party and have vehicles at either end of the track, or use a shuttle service.

Getting there

Whakaipo Bay Reserve is located 12 km from Taupo, off Mapara Road.

Know before you go

These tracks are part of the Great Lake Trail, for more information visit the Great Lake Trail website (external site).

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