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Explore Whangamata Bay Headland on this scenic bush ride


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14.6

Miles

23.6

KM

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Singletrack

2,096' 639 m

High

1,186' 361 m

Low

1,822' 555 m

Up

1,683' 513 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Overview

The W2K Trail is another one of the Great Lake Trails northern sections, and offers access to the Headland Loop Trail, which explores the Whangamata Bay headland.

Description

Start from one of the parking lots near the shores of Whangamata Bay and make your way up Kenirgg Road East, keeping an eye out for a right-hand turn onto Boojum Dell. Pass 5-6 houses on Boojum Dell before taking the first left onto a path which is soon enveloped by woods.

Heading northward from Kinloch, the trail climbs steadily up through native bush and onto the headland, providing great views across the lake and back down into Kinloch. Past the top of the trail you come to the junction with the Headland Loop Trail.

The Headland Loop Trail follows the top of the Whangamata Bluffs out to the end of the
headland and features more stunning native bush and views across the lake to the
Kaimanawa Ranges, Karangahape Cliffs and Tongariro National Park to the south. To shorten the trip you can just bypass the Headland Loop Trail turn off and continue along the long flowing descent through native bush into Whakaipo Bay. Along the way there is also a short lookout trail that offers views of Kinloch and Whangamata Bay.

You can ride this trail in either direction (from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay or from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch). Car parking is available at both ends of the trail, and you can pre-arrange a shuttle service to pick you up if you dont want to ride the return trip.

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Megan W

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Photos

Promotional video describing the Headland and W2K trails
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ
Taking a break after finishing the W2K mountain bike trail at Whakaipo Bay
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ
Heading to Whakaipo Bay
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ
Climbing out of Kinloch onto the Headland on the W2K mountain bike trail
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ
Views from the W2K mountain bike trail
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ
Overlookng Whangamata Bay and Kinloch from a nice bench
Jan 15, 2015 near Taupo, NZ

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