“Explore Whangamata Bay Headland on this scenic bush ride”
— Megan W
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.
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.