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Great Lake Walkway - Lion's Walk


The Great Lake Walkway, or Lion’s Walk, is a 10km, Grade 1 paved ride that travels along the shoreline of Lake Taupo. The trail offers majestic views across the lake to the snow-capped peaks of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. The trail is perfectly suited to young families and more experienced riders looking for a scenic 1-2 hours of stress-free riding.

If you are looking for a family-friendly cycleway that has a stunning scenic backdrop and takes in the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo, then the Great Lake Walkway is one for you. You can travel from our bustling town centre to some of our most picturesque lakeside spots in just a few kilometres, meeting a number of people along the way. This is the perfect leisurely scenic ride for all ages.

David Trewavas, Mayor of Taupo and cyclist Share

Watch: Lion's Walk with Sarah Ulmer

This uncomplicated and easy to ride trail begins at Taupo’s Boat Harbour, where you'll find a buzz of boaties and lake-based activities. The Lion's Walk is all about easy cruising, so feel free to join the trail anywhere along the lake edge from Taupo. Take a picnic and enjoy a day beside New Zealand's largest lake, or reward yourself with a nice meal at one of the many lakefront restaurants along the trail.

As you travel out of town, the trail leads into quieter more secluded bays, traveling past holiday homes, with moored boats and lovely picnic areas. There are a number of places to stop and eat al fresco, with small beaches for swimming and resting.

The trail concludes at Five Mile Bay, from here you can turn around and enjoy a casual ride back to the centre of Taupo. This ride will provide the perfect healthy, relaxing and calming activity for your trip to Taupo. 


A family enjoys a day out on the Great Lake Walkway on the lakefront at Taupo. Photo: DGLT

Insider Tips

  • The trail leads you past several motels and hotels, as well as natural volcanic hot water spots where you can touch the hot sand by the lake.
  • As you ride along the trail, take in the breathtaking views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. 

Getting There 

The Great Lake Walkway (Lion’s Walk) is best accessed from Taupo. Taupo is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland Airport (264km) and an hour's drive from Rotorua (81km). Taupo is a two-hour drive from Hamilton (153km). The trailhead start point is right in the centre of town, however you can start the trail from in front of many of the waterfront hotels.

Tell Me More

We recommend looking at the Destination Great Lake Taupo website for all you need to know when visiting and holidaying in Taupo.

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