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Great Lake Taupo

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Whether you’re coming for the weekend or looking to turn your Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge into a holiday, there is plenty to keep participants and supporters entertained in the Great Lake Taupo region. With the largest lake in the southern hemisphere you’ll find every kind of water activity imaginable. Try your hand at trout fishing, conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and visit the mighty Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most popular natural attraction. Experience jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping and sky diving, then soak and re-vive in natural thermal hot pools. The stunning vistas of Great Lake Taupo will take your breath away. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Private Rental Accommodation

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As New Zealand's leading holiday rental experts, Bookabach, part of the global HomeAway family, is thrilled to be an official accommodation provider, and we're here to make sure you get the most out of the event and your stay.

Baches come in all shapes and sizes with a wide range of facilities, prices to suit all budgets, and in a variety of locations. Whether you'd like gear storage and hot tubs, kayaks and games rooms to keep the family entertained, or shared evening meals out on the deck, you can customise your stay to suit you and your family's needs. Travelling to the event with a group of friends? No problems - find a bach that sleeps 8 or more and you'll have loads of room to hang out together, and you'll be able to share the cost.

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 Interislander

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Interislander has been carrying people and vehicles between the coolest little capital Wellington and the picturesque port of Picton for more than 50 years, so they really know what they’re doing! With three large ships, they offer the easiest and most comfortable way to cross the Strait with all of your gear for this year’s Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge! Book now using the promo code LTCC171 and receive a 10% discount off any best available fare. Terms and Conditions apply*

*Terms and Conditions: : 10% discount off any best available fare for Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge participants. Valid for purchase from 21/06/2017 to 2/12/2017 and valid for travel from 18/11/2017 to 2/12/2017. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Discount amount has no refund value. Normal fare conditions apply. Proof of Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge registration must be shown at terminal check-in.

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Ride Holidays Travel Package

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All you have to do is book your plane ticket – we’ll take care of everything else. Bike tours are all about finding the right balance. The perfect mix of cycling, sightseeing, cafes, restaurants and rest. RIDE holidays promises you a fantastic week in one of New Zealand’s most scenic regions. Non-riding partners are very welcome and well catered for. In 2017 we will cater for both roadies and those who prefer the mud. See you soon.

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Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge MTB Tour

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Planning to enter NZ’s premier cycling event? Why not join us for a great time riding some of NZ’s best mountain bike trails, including an overnight adventure on the Timber Trail. As experts in New Zealand bike tours, this trip is carefully designed to show you the very best scenery and highlights of the Taupo region as well as those less-accessible, out-of-the-way locations you’d find impossible to discover on your own. With all the planning and provisioning taken care of and an experienced local tour guide at your side, all you have to do is ride.

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Great Lake Trail

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The Taupo region boasts some of the best bike trails in the world including the beautiful Great Lake Trail. The 71km of deep bush and lakefront trails offers iconic views of Lake Taupo and the Tongariro National Park. Many of the western areas of Lake Taupo, New Zealand, are only accessible by the Great Lake Trail so it is a gem for those seeking peace and tranquillity. The Great Lake Trail can be ridden across two days and a night, or split into sections to suit fitness levels and the time you have available.

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New Zealands Cycle Trails

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Rich in breath-taking scenery and must-see attractions, Nga Haerenga (‘The Journeys’) are an unforgettable way to explore New Zealand. Mostly off-road and traversing a remarkable range of landscapes, there are 22 Great Rides offering adventures for almost every age and ability.  Just 1 hour away from Taupo is the Timber Trail, with spectacular suspension bridges spanning lush native forest valleys.

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 Bike Rental

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Natural High is one of New Zealand’s leading adventure tourism companies and carries the country’s largest fleet of rental bikes. Not only does Natural High have New Zealand’s best and largest selection of mountain and road bikes, they also stock tandems, children’s bikes, trailers and other cycling accessories. Natural High’s Auckland depot is conveniently located adjacent to Auckland International Airport or bikes can be relocated to Taupo by arrangement. They also specialise in guided and self-guided bicycle tours, sea kayaking tours and campervan rentals.

Auckland Branch: 10 Uenuku Way, off Tom Pearce Drive. Freephone 0800 444 144

Winter Hours (April - September): Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. 
Spring, Summer & Autumn Hours (October - March):Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm 
Closed on Public Holidays

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