Re: Bikenz: National Cycleway – Like Winning Lotto For Cyclists

Postby trancemaster on Thu 15/Mar/12 11:32am

what was the cond of Kaiwhakauka - I heard it need maintenance still a bit unrideable ?
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Re: Bikenz: National Cycleway – Like Winning Lotto For Cyclists

Postby ryda on Thu 15/Mar/12 12:25pm

We rode it from whakahoro end on Saturday :thumbsup:

yes they are still working on it but
once past the first 100metres its fine, there is still lots of damp water bars ridable for intermediate + riders :)
But I wouldn't want to do it straight after/during heavy rain or as the season gets wetter thou :hmmm:

the worst bit was the slog up to the Mangapurua Track on the freashly graded dirt 4wd track..it was hell heavy going :crazy:
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Re: Bikenz: National Cycleway – Like Winning Lotto For Cyclists

Postby jimmi on Fri 16/Mar/12 5:50pm

Kaiwhakuku was awesome last December and with more work on it over the last few months it will be even awesomer. Highly recommended.

xxgreg - that sounds like a great loop. Where did you stay at the Trig though??
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Re: Bikenz: National Cycleway – Like Winning Lotto For Cyclists

Postby xxgreg on Sun 18/Mar/12 8:31pm

The climb up the single track sections of the Kaiwhakauka was a definate highlight of the trip. Would be really nasty after rain though - lots of sticky clay-ish mud. Top section was soft and slow. Was 99.9% rideable.

There's a campsite called "the trig" on DOC maps. We didn't stay there. We camped a few km's to the east of the Kaiwhakauka/Mangapurua track junction. There's a big grassy flat meadow there. It's just before the track starts down towards ruatiti rd. If you're planning on camping up there you need to lug water up for cooking.

We struggled to find good water sources as most of the creeks were either muddy puddles or down deep ravines. Will definitely bring tablets next time, as we had to drink some slightly sketchy stuff. DOC says there are plentiful side streams for water - maybe we just didn't see them because we were moving to fast?

Originally the trip was planned as 4 days, but shortened to 3. Would have been better as 4, because it would have been nice to have more time to explore - instead of just charging through on the bike.
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Re: Bikenz: National Cycleway – Like Winning Lotto For Cyclists

Postby jimmi71 on Tue 21st Nov 7:03am

Miranda to Thames just opened:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinat ... lly-opened

Also, it looks like the Te Awa section from Ngaruawahia to Karapiro is mostly rideable:

https://www.te-awa.org.nz/

So, this means with a few backroad links, there is a cool 300kmish cycle path tour around Waikato:
Hauraki Rail trail, backroad to Cambridge, Te Awa to Ngaruawahia, and backroads back to Miranda:)
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