“Enjoy rich native bush, towering volcanic cliffs and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley
— Megan W
The Waihaha Trail is set deep in the bush of Taupos western bays and is a well-drained mix of climbs and downhills, with some flat sections. From Taupo, drive 54kms to the Waihaha River Bridge on Western Bay Road. The trail starts from the car park at the southern end of the bridge.
The trail follows the river for a few hundred metres before it crosses the river on a swing bridge. It then gently climbs up the cliffs, following the course of the river to a lookout with views of the Waihaha Valley and waterfall, as well as panoramic views of Lake Taupo to the north and east.
Youll continue along to the trail end where you'll be picked up by your pre-arranged shuttle service, or make the return hike back the way you came to your car. Those with good fitness levels can continue on to the Waihora Trail, a further 17km to the lake edge of Waihora Bay. Here a pre-booked water taxi can ferry you to Kawakawa Bay or Kinloch.