Western Bays Full Day package is without a doubt the best way to experience the spectacular scenery from the Great New Zealand Cycle Trail, and phenomenal views of the stunning Lake Taupo region by water.
In one day, you will enjoy a 1 – 1.5 hour mountain-bike ride (this trail is suitable for less experienced or less fit riders), and easy 2 – 2.5 hours kayaking on the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo.
You will meet us at our base in Acacia Bay, where we will load your bike then set off by road to the Orakau section of the Great Lake Trail to begin our riding leg.
We will start our ride from the Whangamata Road car park, the trail follows the Orakau Stream and Harakeke (flax) wetland, through regenerating native bush down to Kawakawa Bay on the edge of Lake Taupō. (Otherwise known in the region as Chinaman’s after Chinaman’s Creek by local riders). A great place to see a restoration project in place, as Bike Taupo, Greening Taupo and DOC work on the Wetland and Native Bush in this area.
The trail starts by weaving in and out of pine trees and through gullies. There are a couple of boardwalks with excellent views of the Orakau wetland/stream valley with the pastureland visible on the nearby rural hillsides. With the lake and mountains out of view now the trail rolls in and out of bush and Harakeke (flax) wetland areas. Traversing the sides of this smal