Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hauraki Rail Trail 01

A beautiful weekend weather-wise, we decided to go down to the Hauraki Rail Trail for a cycle.

I have put cyclo-cross tyres on our bikes so we can tackle gravel and off-road trails, and everything went very well.

Paeroa to Waikino

We completed the Paeroa to Waikino section, which is 14km, and back, as an afternoon ride, after the business of Saturday morning was over. Had the GoPro mounted on the handbars of the bike. Got a much smoother clip than I thought I would get. These three images are snapshots from the stream.



The trail runs along-side a road, then through open farmland until it meets with the Ohinemuri River which runs through the Karangahake Gorge.

Tunnel

The rail trail runs through a tunnel which is over a km long. In the direction we went we first crossed the rail bridge over the river. It is uphill through the tunnel, but the whole trail is very flat and easy.
If you wanted an easy 'first-time' experience of a rail trail, then this would be the one ;-)


The tunnel entrance


The tunnel exit (from the inside) - a bit like birth perhaps?

Waikino

We stopped by the river to have lunch and then proceeded across the river to the Waikino Rail Station where we got a coffee, before turn around and heading back to Paeroa.

Vitals

  • 14 km each way
  • Flat, no hills
  • About an hour and a half each way with sight-seeing
  • Take a torch or bike-lights for the tunnel - not to see, but to be seen by others coming the other way

Yes, sore bums afterward - but we are already planning to do the Thames to Paeroa leg next.

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