TWO WAIKATO RIVER TRAIL SECTIONS AND TWO TIMBER TRAIL SECTIONS – THIS HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO INCORPORATE TWO OF THE EASIER SECTIONS OF THE WAIKATO RIVER TRAILS ALONG WITH THE DELIGHTS OF THE TIMBER TRAIL.
*We meet at your accommodation in Mangakino where you can drop off your things and we get underway by heading for Atiamuri and the Whakamaru section.
DAY ONE – WAIKATO RIVER TRAIL
Whakamaru and Maraetai Sections
- Whakamaru Section 23.5 kms, 2-3 hours, Grade 3, Intermediate. This section of the trail is fairly easy riding and meanders so close to the river at times that you can hear the water lapping. The views of pine studded rocky outcrops against a pristine lake are stunning. The surface of the trail alternates between pumice and clay (pumice can be a bit skiddy). In due course you pass through a picturesque camping reserve and on to Whakamaru Dam, cross this and beyond is the tiny settlement of Whakamaru which hosts a café and small restaurant.
- Maraetai Section 12.5kms 1.5 hours, Grade 3 Intermediate. You then carry on and ride the 12.1kms back to the village of Mangakino and your accommodation. This is the end of your Waikato River Trail experience. The following day you will sample the serenity of beautiful heartland bush studded with information boards and relics of earlier times.
Day Two – Timber Trail
Pureora to Piropiro
- Pureora to Piropiro 40kms 4-5 hours, Grade 2 & 3 Easy and Intermediate. You will be taken to experience the majesty and peace of the Timber Trail. Blue Tui will provide a packed lunch. Leaving from Pureora there is an easy start to the trail, from the 6km mark the trail gradually climbs until you reach the peak at 14kms after this it is mainly downhill to your accommodation for the night in the heart of the bush.
Day Three – Timber Trail
Piropiro to Ongarue
- Piropiro to Ongarue 45kms, 4-5 hours, Grade 2, Easy and Intermediate. After a hearty breakfast and armed with a packed lunch you set off to complete the Timber Trail. You will experience the Maramataha swing bridge (at 141 metres long and 53 metres high, the longest and highest bridge on the trail) and cycle along the old tramway that bush locomotives used to take the native timber to be processed at the Ellis and Bernand Mill. This operated from 1911 until its closure in 1966. Discover the old viaduct and the impressive spiral and visit the No’s 10 and 11 camps where the early loggers used to live while working in the bush. At Ongarue Village your shuttle will be waiting to return you to Mangakino and your vehicles.
E-bikes (power assisted) are obtainable for your pleasure at an extra cost.