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Great Lake Taupo

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Whether you’re coming for the weekend or looking to turn your BDO 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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Great Lake Taupo

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.  See you soon.

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Group 591

Monday 02 December – optional extra

100KM OF PURE 100% NEW ZEALAND Live volcanos, ski fields, country roads, and remote lakes – you won’t forget today. We will leave Taupō nice and early as we’ve booked a really nice (tiny) café for breakfast. In fact – it’s opening just for us. Our starting point for today’s ride is a town called Turangi. It’s 40km from our hotel at the southern end of the lake. Established in 1887, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's first National Park, and the fourth National Park to be created in the world. Tongariro National Park has gained international significance by being awarded UNESCO Dual World Heritage, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

TNP has also gained much fame after the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The area was depicted as the Land of Mordor – with one of the mountains in the park, Mount Ngauruhoe, featured as the forbidding Mount Doom in the movies. The park is dominated by the three volcanoes of Mount Ruapehu (2797m), Mount Ngauruhoe (2291m) and Mount Tongariro (1968m). 

The region has been formed by many volcanic eruptions over the last 300,000 years; as well as glaciers from the last ice age. This has created surreal colours, landscapes and textures.

Our ride is a very hilly 100km although we will have a shorter option available. We will have two vehicles supporting us on our ride. So, if you’ve had enough then simply hop in the van. We’ll stop just after 50km for lunch. That happens to be at the bottom of Whakapapa ski field where the views are unforgettable.

Depending upon time we’ll pop in to a local lake side café for a beer on the way back to Taupō. You deserve it.

$300.00 NZD per person includes…

Transport to and from Taupo on the day
Guides on the road
Vehicle support
Breakfast and lunch

To book please email

Wairakei Resort Taupo


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.

Book 30 days ahead or more for access to awesome advance purchase discounts! 


Bachcare Taupo

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Bachcare manage 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!


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.

 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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