- Independent Traveller
- Half Day
- Full Day
Cycle Trail River Taxi
Start or complete your cycle trail adventure with a river journey by jet boat
The Lake2Lake Cycle Trail is around 19 km, starting from the township of Te Anau, running alongside the lake then meeting up with the Upper Waiau River. Someday soon this trail will be extended all the way to the beautiful Lake Manapouri but for now the trail ends at Balloon Loop, around half way down the river. The trail can be run, walked or biked and it is ideal for all ages and abilities as not only is it nice and wide at 2.2-2.5m but is rated a Grade 2 Easy.
This trail is worth spending some time on and you can bike some of it or all of it depending on how much time you have – you’ll find a range of transport and bike hire options in town or we can organise this for you. A great way to experience the trail is combine a bike + jet boat journey. This gives you a chance to enjoy the landscape from a different angle!
You can choose to start biking from Te Anau along the 19 km cycle trail and have us meet you at Balloon Loop, the end of the trail and bring you back up the river by jet boat. We can either bring you back to Queens Reach and give you a ride back into Te Anau or we can drop you near the top of the river and you can bike the final 5km back into Te Anau. You can choose either of these options on the day, depending on how you are feeling.
The second option (and most people take this one) offers more flexibility. We will meet you where you are hiring your bikes from, load you and your bikes up and take you down to the river, jet boat down the river spending a bit of time having a look around and we drop you off at the end of the trail, Balloon Loop. You then can bike the 19 km trail back to town in your own time. Most people like this option because you don’t have to worry about being anywhere at any time.
We think this trail is one of the must do activities in Te Anau and often bike along it with our family for the views and to spend time adventuring together. We are very proud to have contributed to the construction project cost where we were able.