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Liam Naden

Taupo: Cycle Capital of New Zealand

By November 10, 2012

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Cycling in Taupo, North Island
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If you enjoy cycling or mountain biking, the best place to head for in New Zealand is Lake Taupo in the central North Island. The place is a biker's dream. There is of course the circuit around the Lake itself. At 160 kilometers in length it is a popular route and the scene of many races and events, including the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

On the southern side of the lake is a huge area with some of the best trail riding in the world. There are forests and lakes to explore (including Lake Rotopounamu) and the Tongariro National Park is right on the doorstep.

Being on a bike is just one of the many great things to do in this part of New Zealand.

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