Travel to Taupo

Drive to Taupo

Travel to Great Lake Taupo is easy – Taupo is an easy one hour drive from Rotorua, three and a half hours drive from Auckland and four hours from Wellington. It is centrally located in the middle of the North Island and is also within two hours drive from the Waitomo Caves, the Hawkes Bay wine region and Mount Ruapehu. If you are coming from the South Island, the Interislander is a great option for your drive to the event.

Route Map INTO Taupo

PLEASE NOTE:  When arriving into Taupo from the North there is no right turn into Redoubt St from the south bound lane on Friday. Redoubt St is closed 5.30am-10am on Saturday 24th Nov.


Fly to Taupo

Most major international airlines fly direct into Auckland and Wellington, both of which are within 4 hours drive of Taupo. There are also daily connecting flights between Auckland/Wellington and Taupo.

See Bike Transport for more info on flights, shuttles and getting your bike to the event.


Get there with Interislander.

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Interislander is offering 15% off your ferry journey to get you to the race*.

You’ll love the freedom and ease of loading your bike onto your rack and packing the car with everything you could need. Once on-board sit back, relax and enjoy the breath-taking journey through the Marlborough Sounds. Take a stroll on the decks, or enjoy some food from our on-board licensed café. Or for even more comfort treat yourself to a seat in our Plus lounge, a quiet place to relax with extra comfortable seating and complimentary food and drink. You’ll need to show your Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge registration at terminal check-in.

*Terms and conditions apply. 15% discount off the best available fare. Valid for purchase from 01/07/2018 to 1/12/2018 and valid for travel from 17/11/2018 to 01/12/2018. 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.

Use the code LTCC181 when you book.

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Travel Packages

Ride Holidays Cycle Challenge & Central Plateau 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’smost scenic regions. Non-riding partners are very welcome and well catered for. In 2018 we will cater for both roadies and those who prefer the mud. See you soon.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo

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Wairakei Resort offers tranquil 4-star accommodation set amidst a stunning thermal valley in the heart of the Wairakei Tourist Park. Guests can enjoy modern rooms and facilities, exquisite dining, riding trails, golf, tennis, two geothermally heated swimming pools and six outdoor hot tubs, all just a short ride from Taupo’s city centre and many of the region’s highlights.

For conferencing and events Wairakei Resort is also your perfect solution. The professional team will be on hand from planning to inception and the resort can for anything from small groups to as many as 650 delegates.

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 Bachcare Holiday Homes

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Sorted out your trip route? Know how you're getting here? Make sure you've got your accommodation sorted too with Bachcare's instant online booking. With over 220 holiday homes across Lake Taupo we've got you covered! Whether you want to be right in the thick of the action, or somewhere more peaceful and private, Bachcare has holiday homes to suit any budget or group size. Our friendly local holiday managers greet you on arrival to show you around the home, and their in-depth knowledge of the area can highlight all the local must-dos!

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