Let's bike the Hauraki Cycle Trail, a wonderful scenic and easy trail.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrive in Cambridge anytime this morning. Transfers available from Hamilton Airport. This afternoon we will visit the popular Hamilton Gardens and spend some time admiring the different gardens and architecture from around the world. Later, this afternoon you'll be introduced to your bike and do a short test ride out to the Velodrome on a paved track. Time for a look inside this world-class indoor cycling track. Our hotel is centrally located in the charming town of Cambridge, known for its trees and champions,and recently voted NZ's "Most Beautiful Large Town". Before dinner, we'll take an orientation walk around town before dining in a local restaurant.
DAY 2 - CYCLING 55KM
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel dining room before checking out of hotel, purchasing your picnic lunch and transferring up to the trail start point(approx. 1.5 hour drive). We start the Hauraki Trail from the sleepy wee town of Kaiaua. This section of the trail winds around the edge of the shallow Firth of Thames over shelly banks and passes through wetlands of international significance teaming with migratory birds from the Arctic circle.There is an Information Centre on the Trail where you can learn about the birds. We'll then wander out on to wetlands via boardwalks to the bird hides for a closer look.Continue riding along the trail, stopping at The Buggar Café for a refreshment before continuing to Thames via the infamous Kopu Bridge.We'll take a stroll along the waterfront into town for dinner - hopefully Thames will provide one of its legendary sunsets along the way.
DAY 3 - CYCLING 33KM
Free time to explore the shops and historic buildings in Thames. We'll then start our ride heading south, following the old railway line out of Thames township. The Matatoki Cheese Barn is the first stop for morning tea and a taste of some delicious cheeses.Continue riding across lush farmland with impressive views of the Hauraki Plains and Kaimai Ranges in to Paeroa.This afternoon you might like to ride out to the Historical Maritime Park, once NZ's most inland port, and perhaps catch the riverboat back to town (optional & tide dependent). Paeroa is famed for L&P where you can get the obligatory photo beside the big bottle. There are also some great antique shops to poke around in.
DAY 4 - CYCLING 22KM
After breakfast, continue riding along the Ohinemuri River in to the spectacular Karangahake Gorge.This distinctly different landscape features a ton of history and a 1100-metertunnel which is fun to ride through. We'll make a photo stop at the gorgeous cascading Owharoa Falls before continuing along the river past gold mining ruins. At the historical Waikino Pub you might like to partake in a tipple whilst reading up on the history of this tiny village. The trail then winds along a picturesque part of the river and into the gold mining town of Waihi. Check in to accommodation and relax, or you might like to spend some time at the Gold Discovery Centre in town. Later this afternoon we will drive over to Waihi Beach where you will have free time. There are some great bush walks, a 10km long beach perfect for roaming along, and boutique shops. We'll stay on for dinner at Flat White Café which is superbly located right on the beachfront.
DAY 5 - CYCLING 43KM
Back on the bike and ride back through Karangahake Gorge. You won't be bored with doing this twice as the scenery is just so pretty and you will be looking at it from a different angle. We'll take a break from the saddle to do the popular Windows Walk. Picnic lunch in the Gorge before riding on across the Hauraki Plains through dairy farms and into Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of Mt Te Aroha and a short walk from our accommodation, is where you will find the Mokena Hou Geyser (the only natural soda water geyser in the world) and right next to this is the oldest intact Edwardian domain in New Zealand.
DAY 6 - CYCLING 37KM + 12KM
The last section of the Hauraki Trail follows alongside the road past farmland and the Kaimai Ranges. There are a couple of good cafes enroute to break the journey.Matamata is a bustling town known for thoroughbred horses and hobbits and is the end of our Hauraki adventure.The bike shuttle will meet us in Matamata around midday and transfer us across to the Waikato River Trail. From the Arapuni Dam swing bridge we will ride along the river back to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge where we'll say goodbye to our bikes and drive back to Cambridge.Celebratory drinks and an end of tour dinner this evening!
DAY 7 - HOME
Take your time to depart this morning - Cambridge has some great shops, an interesting little museum, and some nice river walks. Transfers available to Hamilton Airport for departures up to 3pm.
Single supplement $500 - If you are travelling solo, and would like to twin share let us know
6 nights accommodation (as specified or similar) -Daily breakfast + 2 dinners -Transfer for you & your bike | Cambridge-Kaiaua + Matamata-Arapuni-Cambridge -Support Vehicle & Local Guide/Driver -Luggage transfers -Hamilton Airport transfers -Mountain Bike (upgrade to E-bike for additional $225) -Helmet, tube & puncture repair kit, lock, carrier, Gel seat cover
Panniers($70 to hire for the week) -Meals& Refreshments(unless otherwise specified) -Flights/transportation to/from Hamilton
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