Completion of a ten kilometre loop track off the popular Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (W2K) track marks another milestone in Bike Taupo’s vision to make Taupo the most cycle friendly town in New Zealand.
The new cycle and walking track, on the Whararoa Peninsula, officially opens on Sunday (29 March) and the final three metres will be hand-dug by volunteers followed by a traditional ‘cutting of an inner tube’.
Costing just under $77,000 to build, the new loop track adds to Taupo’s growing network of cycling and walking tracks and has spectacular views over the lake to the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park and Kaimanawa ranges.
“Merlin Bartley Land Architecture and Titan 1 are our key sponsors but many local businesses, groups and individuals have donated funds and equipment to help complete the project,” says Chairman of Bike Taupo, Richard Balm.
Since its opening in April last year the 14 kilometre W2K track has proved equally popular with walkers and cyclists. Mr Balm says good track design and management as well as awareness and education allows walkers and bikers to use the same tracks safely.
Taupo has more than 100 kilometres of cycle tracks much of which is maintained by Bike Taupo volunteers with help from sponsors.
The track opening is half way (approximately 12 kms) between Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay at 12 noon, Sunday 29 March.