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Maraeroa Cycle Trail

Regional Ride

Waikato, North Island

April 20th saw the opening of the Maraeroa Cycle Trail, a joint initiative between iwi and DOC. A 23km loop, the cycle trail utilises the opening portion of the Nga Haerenga cycleway before turning onto private land and winding through a pine plantation on its way back to Pa Harakeke, an eco-tourism eco-culture centre located 1km from Pureora Village. Despite being partly private, the entire cycle trail will be free to ride.

The Maraeroa Cycleway is approximately 23kms long and will take an experienced rider about 2-3 hours to complete.


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  • A group of us, average age over 65 today rode the Maraeroa Cycle trail.We found it easy and completed the trail under 3 hours comfortably with stops. However thought the trail under used and the blackberry will take over the trail in certain sections if not attended to.

    Posted by Hayden Baker, 09/12/2013 4:33pm (1 year ago)

  • Hi Geoff - cheers for the feedback on the ride. We understand it will take an experienced rider 2 - 3 hours. I've updated the grade from "Easy" to "Intermediate" which is probably more accurate given your experience!

    Posted by NZByBike, 06/11/2012 1:08pm (2 years ago)

  • Hi
    A group of us did the Maraeroa cycle trail on Saturday.
    We followed the markers for the Maraeroa trail. Not long after starting we went on the road past a white horse and then went through the timber trail (bush trail) after that we followed the markers on an endless mountain trail. We were wondering if we had taken a wrong turning so I went ahead to find the end. It took me 4 hours. All along the way the way the Maraeroa cycle trail markers were there but the 23 hour cycle seemed more like 40 k's. We have done quite a few 20-30 rides recently which take us 3 hours comfortably. Something is not quite right.
    I am concerned as this is not a 2-3 trip but more a 4-5 hour trip and really is only suitable for experienced riders due to the difficulty and the distance.
    You can call me on 07 856 3910 in the evenings or on the weekend if you want to discuss. There is no harm done but it could be a receipe for disaster in the future if changes aren't made.

    Posted by Geoff Purkis, 04/11/2012 8:12am (2 years ago)

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