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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. In 2018 we will cater for both roadies and those who prefer the mud. See you soon.

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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.


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.


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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