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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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Ride Holidays

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Ride Holidays Travel Packages

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and the Central Plateau.
Our custom designed New Zealand bike tour provides the perfect opportunity to combine New Zealand largest cycling event – the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, along with other must do cycle rides this spectacular region has to offer. A truly amazing cycle tour and holiday that will be hard to forget.  Hassle free, enjoyment full; RIDE Holidays will look after you from Auckland airport and back.  What’s more, our cycle tour provides a truly unique NZ holiday experience tailored for fellow cycling enthusiasts. You will even get the chance to spend some quality time with Robbie McEwen who is joining us for a spot of fishing as well as a BBQ. Be assured, we keep our tour group small, so that we offer a truly memorable experience.  So, join us and your fellow cycling enthusiasts, book that plane ticket and start training!

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Interislander is proud to be a supporting partner of Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. The Interislander is far more than the New Zealand ferry service which bridges the North and South Island.

We are offering some great rates for participants coming up from the South Island to the event. Or if you fancy taking a few days after the event to tour this wonderful country then these rates apply also:

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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

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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Plateau Bar & Eatery

Visit Plateau Bar & Eatery over the weekend for some great specials in conjunction with Forrest Wines and DB Export. See our offers page for more info.

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