Waikato River Trails

** Updated Jan 26 **

Hello Cyclists!

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.

1. Route

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

2. Transport

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.

3. Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday Feb, 1
Karapiro Section - Pokaiwhenui to Arapuni and return
Length: 27.4km
Grade: Intermediate
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
Length: 38.7km
Grade: Intermediate
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
Length: 48.4km
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.

5. Accommodation

**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 


Twin share:  

Room 1:  Harsha and Marc

Room 2:  Angela and Wanda

Room 3:  Thelma and Rachel P

Cost:  $40 per person (bedding and towels provided)


Double

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.


Meals:

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.

6. Cost

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.

8. Help!

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.

• Sunglasses.

• Sunblock.

• 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. 

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  • Matthew

    Also, just a reminder.. if you haven't paid for the shuttle on Day 2, please do get in touch :) $30 pp or $5 pp for those that took a car, but had their bike transported. Thanks :)

    February 4, 2014

  • kayte

    Also just wanted to say what an awesome day it was and lovely people...just wish Id been able to ride both days...loads of thanks to the organisers and look forwardto the next ride!!

    February 4, 2014

  • brody

    Great hearing all the buzz about the weekend's adventure! (apart from one painful mishap -- wishing you a quick recovery Karen). I want to recognise all the time, effort, and careful planning that Harsha, Matt, and Wanda (in no particular order) put into organising and also running this event (at short notice too, when I found I couldn't make it). All this took a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work negotiating excellent discounts on bike rental, teeing up shuttles, matching carpoolers, and organising accommodation to mention just a few things so they deserve big thanks. And well done all of you for going along and enjoying yourselves too.

    If you have photos please upload your best shots and rate the event and the group if you enjoyed the weekend to encourage people to join us in future. I was really disappointed I couldn't make it and look forward to catching all of you at another meetup.

    Cheers
    Brody

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey team, super fun weekend! Thanks to the organizer types for all the hard work before and during the trip, and thx to everyone else for being awesome company :)

    February 3, 2014

  • Matthew

    Hi everyone! Thanks again for making this such a tremendous weekend. All up we biked a smidgen off 70kms. See you all again next time :)

    February 3, 2014

  • Vimmi

    Hello guys me and my son had a lovely time.Would not have made it without all of you.Specially Matt being so patient with me on first day and Emily sharing water...I must have forgotten name but...
    Thanks to Wanda for her time and effort in organising the event.
    My son loved camping with me for the first time and he is looking forward for more adventure.

    February 3, 2014

  • Karen H.

    Dave you died? You weren't doing it with a broken wrist. Toughen up bro! Yes i am in cast, it's broken. sorry to hell with caps. it was a great weekend i would do it again without stupid accident. great weekend. special thanks to mum matt so patiently helping me along, juliet for your wonderful drugs and sandra for your great bandage binding.. and others who helped along the way. a great bunch of ppl to spend a weekend with in general.. and the organisers of course! week off work for me now.

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Juliet

      Wow Karen you are remarkable to have continued and finished with it broken...certainly one tough lady....look forward to cycling with you again as nothing can phase you now!

      February 3, 2014

  • dave

    Super weather and great people and magic trials. Special thanks to the organisers, plus Angela for getting me to the end of day 2 - i died.
    Top effort Harry and all.

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • brett

    Thanks everyone, what a great time. Harry slept in this morning :-)

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Juliet

      Harry is one awesome & fit kid..congratulations Brett

      February 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Couldn't agree more...

      February 3, 2014

  • Juliet

    Awesome weekend..wonderful scenery but won't be moving to "advanced" anytime soon.. lol. Sorry you missed it Brody & Emily. Great group and thank-you to the organizers. Special thanks to Matt for his constant cool leadership. Look forward to next one with less weight in panniers :)

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • brett

      It was a challenging ride with all the little sharp climbs and bumpy trail. Well done everyone

      February 3, 2014

  • Angela C.

    Great weekend. Thanks everyone. Look forward to the next one :)

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a fabulous trip! Thank you Emily for the trip, even if you couldn't make it. And thank you all for being such lovely company. Hope to see you again soon.

    February 2, 2014

  • Delia

    Fantastic trip. Thanks Matt, Wanda and Harsha for all the organising. Super bunch of people and superb views and variety in trails.

    February 2, 2014

  • Bruce

    Excellent - I only did day 2

    February 2, 2014

  • Jacqui

    Great day (which I did). Only dampner was getting going so late. Keen to do future trips, hopefully for the whole trip

    February 2, 2014

  • Vimmi

    sorry to hear about your back pain and thanks for still keeping the offer.

    January 30, 2014

  • max g.

    Im in hamilton so i will drive there each day ,if anybody wants a ride or a place to crash plenty of room at my place.

    January 24, 2014

    • Sandra

      Thanks, Max - appreciate it. I'm not bringing my car so will also need a ride please!

      January 28, 2014

    • max g.

      i wont be going now i have strained my back on tues and it wont be good enough to ride im disapointed was going to be my first outing with the group.if any one still wants to stay they can.my no is[masked]

      January 30, 2014

  • Vimmi

    Thanks Max.There is likelyhood me and my son will return back to Auckland on Sat.But we are also keeping an option of carrying our camp ...just in case my son would like to stay.

    January 28, 2014

  • Jacqui

    Sorry just read the description again and it's a return ride. Sorry blonde moment!

    January 25, 2014

  • Jacqui

    Is anybody heading back to the start after the ride on Saturday? I am staying in Cambridge and just clicked that the rest of the group aren't heading back to the starting point! If anybody is heading back that way and can give me (and my bike) a lift it would be great. Please reply/message me if you can

    January 25, 2014

  • Vimmi

    Hi Max me and my son might need a place....... just depends how we feel otherwise we will drive back to Auckland the same day.thanks

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really keen to join in but I have something else on during Sat arvo. So I could possibly drive down Sat around 5ish and join in the cycling on the Sunday. So just wondering if I can be added to the group booking for accom for Sat night, otherwise I will just book for myself separately once I know what I am doing! Also I am happy to share :)
    Plus I could give you a ride Harsha but depends if you want to do two days or just one day on the Sunday?

    January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Im doing the full two days. But hopefully we'll see you on Sunday!

      January 23, 2014

  • Wanda

    Last call for Accommodation requirements! So far I have heard from 16 people. Please email me by 5pm today if you want to be included in the group booking. Cheers.

    January 23, 2014

    • Jenni

      Thanks Brett. What time are you planning on leaving. I am taking my bike with me too.

      January 23, 2014

    • brett

      Yes I've got room for you and your bike. It's an early start. I'll work out a time. Email me. [masked]

      January 23, 2014

  • Lissa

    Sorry can't make it now. Have great time!

    January 23, 2014

  • Matthew

    Hi everyone... for those wanting to hire a bike, 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 of $45 for both days.

    January 22, 2014

  • brody

    Hey folks. Emily's been a bit naughty with this event and seems to have forgotten about it. I've emailed her about firming up details but haven't heard back, and I want to make sure the quality of meetups stays high for everyone's enjoyment so I'm going to ask if anyone is interested in taking over planning so we can get this rolling (probably in the new year, maybe one of the upcoming long-weekends). If I can't find a volunteer I'll consider putting this one on ice until I can commit to it myself once we've all settled into the new year. Emily -- please get in touch if you see this... I hope you haven't been abducted by aliens or something :-)

    1 · December 17, 2013

    • brody

      Hey Brett, maybe you could do a quick session on emergency bike repairs some time during the weekend we're away? Maybe go over some of the basic tools and skills that are good to have on a trip like this, that kind of thing. Most of us are casual cyclers so a few expert tips would be well received!

      2 · January 22, 2014

    • brett

      Sounds good. You don't actually need to carry many tools or parts. Just a spare tube, allen keys and a pump. The most important thing is to pull your bike out of the shed and check it over well before the weekend. If anyone wants help with their bike before the event just sent me a message.

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all! Just a reminder to send me your transport details immediately, if you haven't already done so. I will be matching people who can offer and need rides in the next few days.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Jenni

    Do I need panniers or something so I ride with all my gear for the weekend or will it be possible to leave it in the car and collect it at the end of day 1 riding.

    January 20, 2014

    • Matthew

      Hi Jenni, you'll be able to keep your gear in the car for both days. Panniers are a great idea if you need to carry bits and bobs for the day trips however.

      January 20, 2014

  • Sharleen

    I'd love to come if any spaces open up!

    January 19, 2014

    • brody

      Hey Sharleen, I closed RSVPs because the group was getting too large, but now it's just capped at 30. Welcome along!

      January 19, 2014

  • Marc P.

    I'm up for this, depending on the new date! I'll keep looking for updates!

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good plan. We're all together for a full day, and people can choose trails of their level for day 2.

    January 15, 2014

  • brody

    Hey all. Look out for updates from the organising team soon :-)

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yep I'm keen, will keep a lookout for updates :) Happy New Year fellow cyclers!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Vimmi

    I am like you and I am sure others will follow.

    January 8, 2014

  • Jacqui

    Being a bit rusty on MTB'ing I'd probably prefer to avoid the Advanced sections. Perhaps you could do the split the two days so you do sections 4 and 5 on one day so anyone like me could just come for that day? Not trying to be selfish. I assume there may be others like me

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've never mtbed before and would prefer to avoid the advanced sections as well... on the other hand they could be fun :)

      January 7, 2014

    • brett

      Ive ridden the trail before. It isn't technical but it does get steep in a few places that could be walked.

      January 8, 2014

  • brett

    Is this still going ahead? Would be keen to do it this weekend. How's it going to work? Are we going to ride from the Cambridge end camp the night and then ride back the next day or are we going to get a shuttle. I'm comfortable with both, though the camping one would be more s24o.

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • brett

      Sorry just reread my post. I meant the weekend of the 1st

      January 2, 2014

  • Lisa N.

    Hi! Sounds great! Any update on when?

    December 28, 2013

  • kayte

    Hi emily. Cant do easter weekend. Bummer

    December 19, 2013

    • Emily W

      its doesnt need to be that weekend, we can go down another weekend in april. will see whast the feedback is the easter weekend and will keep you posted

      December 21, 2013

  • Vimmi

    Has the date been finalised ?

    December 16, 2013

  • Ivan

    i'm interested

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in the biking depending on the date and difficulty/distance (I'm newish to biking)

    November 21, 2013

  • Vimmi

    Sounds good.depends what date ?

    November 12, 2013

  • Juliet

    Interested in no 1. cheers

    November 12, 2013

  • Faye van T.

    Sounds great - we have already walked the river trail.

    November 11, 2013

    • Boyd

      what the surface like? just need to consider taking my hybrid vs renting a bike

      November 11, 2013

  • Boyd

    All the options sound good to me

    November 11, 2013

  • Frances B.

    Hi, I am new to the group and would be keen to join a 1 day ride if this is how it turns out.

    November 11, 2013

  • Alastair

    Sounds good depending on date etc!

    November 11, 2013

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