“An optional loop on the W2K Trail offering views from the impressive Whangamata Bluffs.
— Kerry Suter
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
This is a dual-use trail and mountain bikers are common.
The trail contains only minor ascents and descents, is well maintained and typically clear of obstructions.
Access Headland Loop Trail using the W2K Trail
either from Kinloch or Whakaipo Bay. This additional loop sits fairly well in the middle of the W2K Trail
, so come prepared for a longer outing.
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. Viewpoints are abundant, and You'll have to fight not to stop for photos every few hundred meters.
After around 9km of easy running, the trail emerges near the point where it initially departed from the main W2K Trail