Distance: 50 km
Time: 1 – 4 hours
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A

Technical Rating: Beginner – Expert
Physical Rating: Easy – Hard
Season: Year round
Permit Required: Yes

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A popular area with local riders, the park has around 50 km of x-country singletrack trails and is located only 10 minutes from Taupo town centre. All trails are well marked, with a majority being intermediate to advanced. There are only two expert trails, one of them being a jump track (The Buddha).

Wairakei Forest (the land and the trees) are owned by The Crown. Bike Taupo has been granted a “Recreation Permit to Use Land under the Land Act 1948 for non-commercial Mountain Bike Activities in Wairakei Forest” within specified zones only. Please respect the area and stick only to signed trails.

TRAILHEAD | S38 38.764 E176 04.790

Take State Highway 1 North from Taupo and turn off on Karapiti Road, about five minutes from Town. Drive down Karapiti Road, past the Horse Hire on your right and turn left into the car park.

Alternatively, you can take Rotary Ride or the Redwoods MTB trail to Wairakei from the edge of town.

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