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Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

2.5-3 hrs cycling & 2.5-3 hrs kayaking

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1

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Overview

On this Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo Explorer Package from Taupo, admire amazing views as you ride the Great New Zealand Cycle Trail and gaze up at the Mason’s Rock’s carving resembling a fantails’ tail reflected on the water.

Your day will be spent leisurely riding a mountain bike for 2.5-3 hours and paddling Lake Taupo’s pristine waters for another 2.5-3 hours.

Orakau to Whakaipo Bay

We set off from Acacia Bay where you meet us in our base before we load your bike for a drive to the car park on Whangamata Road. This is where you start your ride on the Great Lake Trail using the Orakau and Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch (K2K) routes.

You will have a chance to pause for a break at Kawakawa Bay during the ride.  The bay’s fine stony beach makes an ideal place to rest by the water’s edge, admire its crystalline waters, hear the breeze ruffle the Kawakawa trees and the twittering of fantails, tomtits, tui and other native birds. Scan the lake and appreciate its beauty, and reflect on the natural forces that created it. As you survey the surrounding cliffs, you may even spot rock climbers making their way to the top before you leave for Kinloch.

Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

Mason's Rock Kayaking & Mountain Biking Combo

Orakau to Kawakawa Bay

At the start, the trail meanders through stands of pine and gullies, then passes through a pair of boardwalks from where you can view the Orakau wetland/stream valley. From here, you will also be able to take in the pastureland in the surrounding rural hillsides. As the lake and mountain fall out of view, the trail weaves through bush and wetland areas dominated by Harakeke (flax), then continues on to the sides of the valley before climbing to a wide, non-handrail bridge crossing a stream. A ride down the Orakau Stream Valley follows past regenerating bush until you arrive at a pair of bench seats. From here, the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park can be seen as you look towards the south end of Lake Taupo. After taking in the majestic landscape and enjoying this rejuvenating break, pick up the trail again as it passes under the lush canopy of ponga tree fronds and takes you over two bridges.

It will not take you long to feel stones under your tyre treads and realise that you are in fact riding on the bush-covered beach. At this point, the trail follows the shoreline for a while, then emerges into the beach at the beautiful Kawakawa Bay.

K2K (Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch)

Ascending through the native bush, the Kawakawa Bay trail takes you to the stunning Te Kauwae headland, with the trail reaching its highest elevation about 3km into the ride. The rock lookout here is a perfect place to stop for a moment and take in panoramic views of the Kawakawa Bay. Looking down, you will see plenty of Kawakawa trees, giving you an idea where the bay got its name. Look to the left and you’ll see cliffs that rock climbers often use. From the lookout, you’ll also glimpse the Waihora and Waihaha bays to the far west. On a clear day, look to the western horizon for Mt. Pureora, home to the Pureora Timber Trail, a familiar name to you if you join one of our riding expeditions. Because of the view it affords, this lookout spot is the most photographed location on the entire Great Lake Trail.

At this point, the trail descends to Otaketake Stream, taking you on a long, effortless and invigorating fun ride down to the bridge before it takes you across another bridge spanning the small Whangamata Stream. (The Whangamata Stream Trail splits at this junction then climbs to Whangamata Road.) Turn east to complete the last section of the trail as it traverses a grassy path a short distance from the sandy beach. Finally, the trail brings you to the lake front across the Kinloch Store.

Kayak to Mason’s Rock

Your gourmet lunch awaits you here on the scenic beach or at Kinloch, under a tree. Following lunch, your guide will supply you with kayaking equipment for your next activity. On this journey heading north towards Mason’s Rock, glide past soaring tree-lined cliff walls that plunge into the lake before reaching the famed rock carving resembling a fantails’ tail. Then paddle back to Whakaipo Bay, one of the remaining untouched farmed reserves on the shores of scenic Lake Taupo managed by the Department of Conservation. It’s a place of raw and rustic beauty that will leave you breathless (especially when the sheep are out).

Before returning to base by road, we will have some afternoon tea at Whakaipo Bay.

This ride provides a decent climb even for riders with less experience or lower level of physical fitness while still providing rewards you expect from a good ride: fast and fluid downhill rides, fantastic views, and an invigorating workout.

Orakau to Kawakawa Bay

At the start, the trail meanders through stands of pine and gullies, then passes through a pair of boardwalks from where you can view the Orakau wetland/stream valley. From here, you will also be able to take in the pastureland in the surrounding rural hillsides. As the lake and mountain fall out of view, the trail weaves through bush and wetland areas dominated by Harakeke (flax), then continues on to the sides of the valley before climbing to a wide, non-handrail bridge crossing a stream. A ride down the Orakau Stream Valley follows past regenerating bush until you arrive at a pair of bench seats. From here, the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park can be seen as you look towards the south end of Lake Taupo. After taking in the majestic landscape and enjoying this rejuvenating break, pick up the trail again as it passes under the lush canopy of ponga tree fronds and takes you over two bridges.

It will not take you long to feel stones under your tyre treads and realise that you are in fact riding on the bush-covered beach. At this point, the trail follows the shoreline for a while, then emerges into the beach at the beautiful Kawakawa Bay.

K2K (Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch)

Ascending through the native bush, the Kawakawa Bay trail takes you to the stunning Te Kauwae headland, with the trail reaching its highest elevation about 3km into the ride. The rock lookout here is a perfect place to stop for a moment and take in panoramic views of the Kawakawa Bay. Looking down, you will see plenty of Kawakawa trees, giving you an idea where the bay got its name. Look to the left and you’ll see cliffs that rock climbers often use. From the lookout, you’ll also glimpse the Waihora and Waihaha bays to the far west. On a clear day, look to the western horizon for Mt. Pureora, home to the Pureora Timber Trail, a familiar name to you if you join one of our riding expeditions. Because of the view it affords, this lookout spot is the most photographed location on the entire Great Lake Trail.

At this point, the trail descends to Otaketake Stream, taking you on a long, effortless and invigorating fun ride down to the bridge before it takes you across another bridge spanning the small Whangamata Stream. (The Whangamata Stream Trail splits at this junction then climbs to Whangamata Road.) Turn east to complete the last section of the trail as it traverses a grassy path a short distance from the sandy beach. Finally, the trail brings you to the lake front across the Kinloch Store.

Kayak to Mason’s Rock

Your gourmet lunch awaits you here on the scenic beach or at Kinloch, under a tree. Following lunch, your guide will supply you with kayaking equipment for your next activity. On this journey heading north towards Mason’s Rock, glide past soaring tree-lined cliff walls that plunge into the lake before reaching the famed rock carving resembling a fantails’ tail. Then paddle back to Whakaipo Bay, one of the remaining untouched farmed reserves on the shores of scenic Lake Taupo managed by the Department of Conservation. It’s a place of raw and rustic beauty that will leave you breathless (especially when the sheep are out).

Before returning to base by road, we will have some afternoon tea at Whakaipo Bay.

This ride provides a decent climb even for riders with less experience or lower level of physical fitness while still providing rewards you expect from a good ride: fast and fluid downhill rides, fantastic views, and an invigorating workout.

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