** Updated Jan 26 **
On Feb 1st, we’ll be heading to the Waikato Region to conquer the Waikato River Trails over two days.
The trails are an off-road mountain biking experience that follow New Zealand's longest river, the mighty Waikato. Highlights include towering dams, suspension bridges and long meandering boardwalks.
The trails encompass all abilities from grade 1 (easiest) to grade 4 (advanced) and there are two options below catering to both intermediate and advanced abilities. The entire trip will be over two days, however you’re welcome to join us on either day.
As we’ve got two days, we’ll be roughly following the “GO WITH THE FLO” route. This takes in the three intermediate grade trails and skips the two advanced ones. There will be an option on Day 2 for those who wish to do the advanced level trails. See the itinerary below...
Download a map of the Trails
If you want to carpool we can help you find a ride or passenger if you have a spare seat. Please email Harsha and let him know if you are:
A) willing to drive, and if so (1) how many people and how many bikes do you have space for (not including yourself and your bike)? (2) Do you plan to leave Friday evening or Saturday morning or don't have preference? (3) Which part of Auckland (roughly) are you starting from?
B) needing transport, and if so (1) are you bringing your bike or hiring? (2) Leaving Friday or Saturday or transport dependent? (3) Which part of Auckland roughly are you starting from?
Please don't use this meetup's message board to offer or ask for a ride because it generates a lot of email that isn't relevant to most people. Thanks!
Passengers will be expected to contribute to petrol but I'll leave the details to individuals to agree on.
Day 1 - Saturday Feb, 1
Karapiro Section - Pokaiwhenui to Arapuni and return
Meet at Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark (by Lake Karapiro)
Highlights: Little Waipa Reserve, Wetlands Boardwalk, Swingbridge, Arapuni Dam & Powerhouse. Optional 3km excursion to Jones Landing.
10.30am - All meet at Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark
3.30pm - Back at Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark
Drive to Mangakino > Overnight at Lakeside Village Inn (see Accommodation below).
Day 2 - Sunday, Feb 2
Option 1: Intermediate Trails (recommended)
Maraetai & Whakamaru Sections - Atiamuri to Mangakino
Highlights: 70m suspension bridge, some of the best scenery of all the trails.
9.30am - Shuttle Pickup at Mangakino
10.00am - Arrive at Atiamuri
3.00pm - Approximate time back at Mangakino
Option 2: Advanced Trails
Waipapa and Arapuni Sections
Grade: Advanced (for experienced cyclists only!)
Shuttle pickup from end of Arapuni section and drop off at Mangakino. Drive back to Auckland
4. Hiring bikes
You can hire a bike for $45 (2 days) from
Lake District Adventures
. This a special rate given to our group.
To hire, please contact Mike from Lake District Adventures on [masked] or email [masked]. Be sure to mention you're from ACG to get the discounted price.
**Accommodation Update 27 Jan**
Accommodation has now been booked at Lakeside Village Inn - Mangakino (https://www.facebook.com/lakesidevillageinn).
Room/camping allocation is as follows:
Camping: Delia, Dave S, Brett and son, Bruce, Michael, Jenni
Please bring your own tent (or arrange to share with another camper), bedding and towels.Cost: $15 per person
Room 1: Harsha and Marc
Room 2: Angela and Wanda
Room 3: Thelma and Rachel P
Cost: $40 per person (bedding and towels provided)
Room 1 - Brody and Viv
Room 2 - TBC
Cost: $40 per person (bedding and towels provided)
Room 3 - Juliet
Room 4 - Mat
Cost $60 per person (bedding and towels provided)
All accommodation options have shared bathroom facilities.
Breakfast: They can offer a continental breakfast for $8 per person. This needs to be pre-booked
Dinner: Lakeside Village Inn have offered to open their lounge/bar area for us for dinner if we would like. They would offer a couple of menu options, it would be pub-type food or a BBQ, but they would like to have an idea of numbers in advance.
Price would be around $16.00 per person for a main meal.
If you are interested in having dinner, please let Wanda know by return email (including details if you have special dietary requirements) before the end of the day Thurs.
**NB - Mangakino is a small town, so the other option I believe is the local takeaway. There are no self-catering facilities at the Inn.**
Payment: Rooms need to be pre-paid. I have given them a list of names, so please make a bank transfer (including $8 each if you also want breakfast) with your name as the reference.
Bank details: Lakeside Village Inn - [masked]
PAYMENT MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY.
Cancellations: Lakeside Inn have turned away other bookings for this weekend so they can accommodate our large group. Therefore if you cancel after Friday there will be a 50% cancellation fee on bookings for the inside rooms.
If we need to postpone our trip due to bad weather (which is looking highly unlikely) they are happy to transfer our booking to another weekend at no charge.
Questions: It seems some people have been calling Lakeside directly with queries. Please can I ask that any questions come to me, as we are a big group for them to fielding repetitive questions. Any questions or issues you have I will be able to sort out for you, however I am also busy with other personal commitments so please be patient. I will definitely respond to you.
I did not arrange any accommodation on Friday. For the 3 people who expressed interest - I will leave it to you to organise your own.
You'll be responsible for covering your petrol, accommodation, and shuttle, etc. There's no charge to attend the meetup or ride the trail.
Shuttle cost will be approximately $35 depending on final numbers.
Budget for approximately $150 for the weekend, but your cost will depend on your accommodation preferences and so on.
7. Weather / Cancellation
If the forecast for the weekend looks grim on Friday 31st we'll consider postponing to the following weekend, so please check back Friday afternoon for confirmation.
If you need help, please post in the comments section below.
9. What to Bring
• Touring, hybrid, or MTB. Road bikes won't be suitable.
• Puncture kit or spare inner tube, pump or gas can inflator.
• Bike lock.
• Printed route map -- see Route above. You can download the map here
• Food, snacks, plenty of fluids.
• Camera + batteries.
• Swimming gear?
• Lightweight shoes and clothing for exploring.
• Warm clothing including waterproof jacket and pants in case of rain.
• GPS if you have one.
• Phone + charger.
• Plastic bags or waterproof pouch for wallet + phone.
• The obvious stuff like clothing and personal items.
• Bike tools
We look forward to seeing you there!
Massive thanks to Matt, Wanda, and Harsha for organising this and Emily for the idea.