The Lions Walk, also referred to as the Great Lake Walkway, is a shared walk and cycle track that was created on the lake reserve by the Taupo Lions Club.
The trail is an easy 10km long, grade 1 ride. It is suitable for riders of every skill level, from absolute beginners to experts wanting a relaxed, scenic cruise. This is riding at its most basic level and is an ideal opportunity for a family to experience Lake Taupo together.
Getting There :
The trail begins at the Taupo Boat Harbour, where Redoubt Street meets Ferry Rd (but there are plenty of parking options along the length of the ride, meaning you can start and finish the trail at any point you choose).
From the Harbour it heads along the lakefront, along which you can see stunning views across the lake toward Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. The track passes a number of popular hotels and motels, as well as hot water spots where you can stop and dip your toes in the hot sand.
The paved walkway continues on past the Three Mile Bay boat ramp, taking in more secluded bays with boats moored and some lovely holiday homes. There are a number of picnic and rest areas on the lakefront where you can stop and take in the views or have a swim.
Kowhai trees have been planted along the way to provide shelter for local wildlife. Ducks and swans can usually be seen as you pass by.
This beautiful ride along the lakefront is restful and relaxing. With stunning scenery and lapping lake water on the pumice beaches, this is a therapeutic and healthy ride for any age group.
The Tongariro River Trail is a relaxing ride, along one of the North Island’s most popular rivers.
It is perfectly suited for families and casual riders seeking to explore the native bush and clear waters of the river, without having to ride a long distance.
The track is a grade 2 trail on mostly flat terrain, making it suitable for children and beginner riders to enjoy.
It’s a 15km loop track of undulating, yet comfortable ground, which will take a family a couple of hours to complete (or close to an hour for more experienced riders).
Getting There :
The trail begins at the car park next to the Tongariro River Bridge on State Highway 1 in Turangi, where you can park your car. Alternatively you can take a shuttle service from Taupo or Turangi to the trail head.
There are alternative starting points along the trail where you can park your car at the scenic reserves and begin your ride from there. This means shorter routes can be tailored to suit your particular needs. Contact the Turangi i-SITE or one of the shuttle services who will help you customize the best drop off and pick up point for you.
The trail has a variety of scenic locations to stop off at for a picnic lunch, or even a quick dip in the river to cool off during the hot summer months.
The Tongariro National Trout Centre is also on route, where you can get up close to the beautiful trout which inhabit the Tongariro River, or view the endangered native Whio (Blue Duck) at the newly purpose-built hardening facillity.
The trail can be ridden in all weather conditions and mobile phone coverage is good throughout the ride.
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