Riding a bike offers learning in disguise. It provides an opportunity to experience new things, build skills, share knowledge, tell stories, adventure and make positive transport choices. Introducing kids to an established and easy ride like the Hauraki Rail Trail comes with multiple benefits. We’ve put together a few ideas to help engage young children, so you can encourage them to cycle with you more often, and further.
Winter is a great time for adventuring on and around the Hauraki Rail Trail. It can be wished away, or used well. So rather than lose your biking mojo, combine one section of Trail with a local activity and feel a little smug. We’ve put together 5 Winter Adventures to tack onto your ride.
With Winter just around the corner, our motivation might be lurking beneath a warm blanket by the fire. It’s a time of year most of us need a little persuasion to notch up an adventure or two over the chilly months. There are however plenty of reasons not to put your bike out to pasture over winter.
Goldfields Railway Incorporated was established in 1980 to preserve the rail heritage of the local area. The Society now operates the popular tourist railway between Waihi and Waikino, catering for history buffs, railway enthusiasts and visitors to the Hauraki Rail Trail. With its fabulous scenery, and historical mining sites, it’s a Must Do when riding the Rail Trail.
As the memories of a long, hot Summer fade, it’s time to prepare for the cold of Winter looming on the horizon. Winter cycling can cause extra wear to your bike. We’ve put together a few simple checks to keep your bike in tip top condition.
Concrete cyanide tank stands reminiscent of ancient ruins are among the remains of the Victoria Battery at Waikino. Constructed on the south bank of the Ohinemuri River, it’s easily accessible from the Hauraki Rail Trail. The site got its name from the Victoria Rock, located between Waihi and Waikino, which resembles the profile of Queen Victoria.
The beauty of a day ride is you can travel light, but it’s still worth carrying all the essentials, some of which can be shared amongst your group. Packing the right gear, snacks, and tools can be the difference between a fun day out on the trails and a long walk back to the car.
Whilst most of us enjoy some alone time on our bike, riding with others comes with a handful of benefits. With winter around the corner it provides much needed motivation on a cold morning, knowing your friends are waiting shivering at the start of a trail.
Adventuring has become incredibly easy with smart phones, the internet, google maps, and APPs. New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, with accessible riding trails and tracks near most cities and towns. You’re guaranteed a cycling holiday to remember, with beautiful landscapes found around each bend.
With Easter just a few weeks away, it offers a perfect long weekend of biking adventures and delicious chocolate of course. We all love holidays, and if you’re partial to a sneaky egg or two, be sure to include something chocolatey in your backpack.
Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bike-packing trips. Stretching 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.
Autumn is one of the best seasons to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail. Busy Summer crowds are long gone, and the weather gloriously settled. Just pack a merino and rain jacket, and you might have the trail to yourself.
Biking across New Zealand’s countryside provides an unrivalled travel experience. Mostly off-road, the Hauraki Rail Trail traverses a remarkable range of landscapes. Although the Trail can be enjoyed as manageable day sections, this versatile trail lends itself to multi-day adventures.
Cycling encourages us to put the brakes on the pace, visit iconic attractions, and discover hidden gems often missed by car. Whatever your age, skills or fitness, everyone can enjoy the fun, adventure, and health benefits of biking. Whether you’re a rusty rider, don’t own a bike, or want to ride more often, you can get out on the trails.