Wai­haha Bikepack­ing

Ex­plor­ing the great Lake Taupo re­gion with Ja­son Beacham.

Adventure - - Contents - Words and Images by Ja­son Beacham

The Great Lake Taupo re­gion of the Cen­tral North Is­land has fully em­braced the ex­plo­sion of up­take in Moun­tain Biking. The Amaz­ing trail net­work sur­round­ing the lake caters to al­most ev­ery fac­tion of off road cy­clist and is quickly be­com­ing another world class des­ti­na­tion for the sport. This is due in part to the ever ex­pand­ing group of trails called “The Great Lake Trail.” Al­though it sounds like one con­tin­u­ous trail, it’s ac­tu­ally a col­lec­tive of 5 dif­fer­ent trails. Most of them are a grade 2 in tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty, with grade 3 ti­tles due to fit­ness level re­quired. One of these how­ever, is dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent and a great ad­di­tion to en­tice the more ad­ven­tur­ous rider to the re­gion. See­ing as our win­ter never seemed to rear its ugly head and spring was just around the cor­ner, it seemed like a great op­por­tu­nity to test out a bikepack­ing op­por­tu­nity be­fore the busy sea­son kicked in. So I called up a Taupo na­tive with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the area, sad­dled up our car­bon fi­bre steeds, and set a course for the newly opened sec­tion of the Wai­haha track.

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