JollyBikes - Hauraki Discovery Tour
96 Richmond St, Thames
07 867 9026
PRICE: E-Bike: NZ$ 869 pp, Standard Bike: NZ$ 849 pp
Day 1: Starting in Thames, ride through our beautiful countryside passing small rural communities enjoying the back-country Kiwi experience. Follow the old railway line out of Thames town and through lush farmland with memorable views across the Hauraki Plains and forested Kaimai Ranges, enjoying lunch at the award winning Matatoki Cheese Barn.
Ride on to your first destination, the historic town of Paeroa, where the ‘world famous in New Zealand’ L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) drink was founded, a true kiwi icon. Paeroa is also the ‘Antique’ town of New Zealand. Stay in Paeroa.
Day 2: Ride the most popular section of the Rail Trail following the Ohinemuri River through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge, a deep canyon cut through the Southern Coromandel Ranges. This distinctly different landscape includes the cascading Owharoa waterfall, photogenic gold mining sites, an amazing 1100-metre long railway tunnel and freaky Windows Walkway that burrows through a shadowy side-gorge.Enjoy lunch at the award winning Falls Retreat Restaurant before continuing your journey to the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi to put everything you saw into perspective. Shuttle back to Thames, departing at 4pm.
Includes: Helmets, locks, lunch at the Matatoki Cheese Barn and The Falls Retreat, overnight accomodation at Pedlars Motel Paeroa (shared twin), entry into the Gold Discovery Centre, luggage transfers, shuttle back to Thames.
Day 1: 4-5 hours (incl. lunch stop), 34 km
Day 2: 6-7 hours (incl. walks/attractions), 24 km
Fitness level: Low to moderate (slight uphill towards Waihi)
Group Size: Min. 2 people