This all-seasons trail explores the forested shores of Lake Taupō in the North Island of New Zealand, with inspiring views across to the peaks of .
Skirting the shore of New Zealand’s largest lake, the Great Lake Trail features lush forest and wetlands, waterfalls, beaches and panoramic views from a series of lookouts. It is part of the NZ Cycle Trail and is easily accessed from the resort town of Taupō. The whole ride can be spread over two days, or broken into shorter sections of various lengths and difficulty. Overall, the track is smooth and flowing, but a number of moderate hill climbs make this most suitable for reasonably fit riders.
The only downfall I can see with this particular cycle trail is Taupō proximity to the mountains which means temperatures can drop very quickly, even in summer.