We just had a short break away staying in Manapouri, and one of the things I wanted to do was ride the Lake 2 Lake Trail. After 3 days of heavy rain it finally cleared with perfect riding weather. This trail goes from Te Anau to Manapouri (or vice versa) with only about 4 km still uncompleted which means riding on the road. The road isn't busy, all flat and has a pretty decent shoulder.
This isn't a very long trail...only 32 kms, but the scenery is gorgeous and the trail itself is great fun to ride. A few little climbs, a nice bit of winding single track and a very good surface.
We decided to start in Te Anau, though I think this did mean more hills!
The trail starts out around the edge of Lake Te Anau then veers inland, following the Waiau River on and off most of the way.
Riding through the beech forest is so beautiful, it's hard to capture in the photo how green and lush it was...old fallen tree trunks covered in moss, all sorts of lichen and fungi.
" In a world of constant change and streaming technology, I find solace in the forest where a tree remains a tree."