Welcome to an unforgettable one-day cycling adventure from Lake Waikaremoana! Join us for a spectacular ride, starting from the mesmerizing Lake Waikaremoana and concluding at your choice of destinations: Ruatahuna (47kms), Murupara (96kms), or the full distance to Rotorua (157kms).

We provide you with a seamless experience from start to finish. After transporting you to Waikaremoana Holiday Park, we ensure your comfort with a relaxing overnight stay, delicious dinner, and a hearty breakfast to fuel your day. On Sunday, embark on your epic ride while we support you with well-deserved lunch, snacks, water, and suncream. The best part? You have the freedom to decide how much or how little riding you want to undertake, tailoring the experience to your preferences and abilities.

At a Glance…

Price: NZD $350 inc GST. Add $115 inc GST if e-bike hire is required. SuperGold Card discount applies to the weekday trips.
Time commitment: 2 days
Dates: Saturday 26th Oct 2024 & Sunday 27th Oct 2024. Saturday is a transport day, Sunday is the ride day. Monday is a public holiday (you could ride the Whakarewarewa Loop Trail as a warm down).
Groups and Week Days: Yes, if you bring a group of 8-11 riders you can request your own dates.
Yes, weekdays are fine for groups. Yes, a discount of 12.5% for 8 or more people
Who is it for: Bike experience required. Well suited to gravel or MTB cyclists, capable of riding 47kms minimum of well-formed gravel road, or breaking out and riding 74, 92, or 157 kms to Rotorua. Mixed terrain including 2,000 metres climb.
Ride starts at: Waikaremoana Holiday Park.
Ride ends at: Rotorua Bike Park (Waipa Mill Rd car park).
Total kilometres: short course to Ruatahuna: 47kms, medium course to Murupara: 96 km, long course to Rotorua 157 kms.
Trail Grade: this is not a graded forest track, this is a remote, gravel public road past the lake, waterfalls, streams and free-range horses.
Van departs from and returns to: Hamurana, Rotorua
Accommodation styles: basic fisherman’s cabins, shared ablutions block. Not flash.
Food: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 lunch are provided. Sandwiches, fruit and snacks provided for Sunday lunch as Te Tii General Store, Rutahuna is closed on Sundays.
Best bike: hardtail mountain bike, full-suspension mountain bike, e-mountain bike, gravel bike.

What Track & Trail provides…

  • Transfer to Waikaremoana. Support vehicle. All transport is ex Rotorua
  • Accommodation, shared basis
  • Breakfast, dinner, water, electrolytes, riding snacks and sunscreen
  • Secure parking for your car at our Rotorua base
  • Ride information & route notes
  • Basic mechanical support and first aid
  • Carry your overnight gear
  • Bike hire if needed
  • … what you provide: you ride, have fun, be awesome and see the less trod parts of NZ

The Waikaremoana Weekender Ride

  • A total distance of UP TO 157 kms spread over ONE day of awesome riding. Arrive noon the Saturday before.
  • We kick off at around 8:30am Sunday.
  • Ride only a little or a lot… our van will pick you up wherever you stop.
  • A gravel bike, mountain bike or e-bike mountain would suit this tour. Road bikes would not be suitable.
  • E-bikes are welcome or can be hired.

Route Map – going south to north east

altitude profile
Waikaremoana, Murupara, Waimunga to the Secret Spot

Itinerary: Waikaremoana Weekender

Drive time: 4 hours
Depart at 11am.

Today is a transport day. If you are coming from Auckland or elsewhere, you have the morning to drive to our Rotorua base in Hamurana, park your car securely, and load your bike. We set off south and east, driving up to Lake Waikaremoana where you will overnight. We feed you an evening meal and you can look around the park and swim.

After breakfast (provided), you can head off in your own time. The day starts with stunning ride from Waikaremoana to Ruatahuna – some mixed terrain, then 14kms of gravel downhill. Stop for a coffee at the general store or chat with the free-range horses. There’s more riding, so don’t hang around.

Head off to Murupara; rider beside streams, over a few saddles and past waterfalls. More fuel is available at the “De Cafe” in Murupara before you start your ascent (all sealed roads from now) up to Rainbow Mountain, past Lake Okaro and Waimungu. You’re on quiet country roads until a short section to SH5 delivers you to the Te Awa cycleway and down to the bike park on the southern edge of Rotorua.

Bikes, Food & Accommodation

Are you considering BYO bike? If you are driving to the start of the trip in Rotorua, you may like to bring your own bike. There are a few bike styles that work well on this trip. Here are the options:

  1. Gravel bike
  2. Hardtail mountain bike
  3. Full suspension MTB
  4. E-bike mountain bike

You are responsible for the fitness of your bike. Please get it fully serviced before you join the tour. It will be doing between 47, 96 or 157 kilometers mostly off-road and parts and service centres are not immediately to hand.

Your bike must be able to carry 1 litre of water, your rain jacket, snacks, phone, spare inner tube and sunscreen so a handlebar bag, front roll or frame bag is recommended. Avoid backpacks as they put too much pressure on your sitting bones, affect your balance and are too hot in summer.

Track & Trail has a fleet of NZ-designed Sinch e-bikes available for hire in small, medium and large frame sizes. The cost is $125 incl GST to hire an e-bike for the day. If we do not have your size we will hire it in Rotorua for you. Contact Peter if you plan on hiring any type of bike. Read the Bike Hire Agreement.

The trip includes breakfast, an evening meal and snacks.

Typical meals Include:

  • Evening – prepared by your trip leader in the camp kitchen
  • Breakfasts – fresh fruit, muesli, toast and spreads, hot drinks. 
  • Snacks – fresh fruit, muesli bars, nuts and baking.

Accommodation is dry, warm, under a hard roof, but basic. Bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Bathrooms are shared. No ensuite bathroom.

Safety comes first! The main threats are; loose gravel surface, getting lost, getting cold, running out of water, sunburn and some pretty loose driving by boaties. We are here to mitigate as many of those risks as possible but care and attention will be required from you at all times.

At a minimum, some bicycle experience and moderate fitness is required.

The new Waikato Expressway connects Aucklanders to Rotorua with a comfortable 2.5-hour drive. South Islanders can fly into Rotorua Airport. Overnight in Rotorua on Friday before the departure on Saturday morning and the ride on Sunday. Bring your bike, or we can hire one to you.

Trip Price

NZD $350 inc GST plus bike hire of $115 inc GST if required.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Lake Waikaremoana and challenge yourself on an unforgettable cycling journey. Join us now for an unforgettable adventure where every detail is taken care of, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the joy of cycling.

Secure your spot today by clicking the “book now” button belwo to secure your place for this remarkable one-day cycle ride. Get ready to create memories, push your limits, and revel in the beauty of New Zealand’s stunning scenery.

Exclusions

The tour price does NOT include:

  • getting to Rotorua
  • optional activities
  • personal equipment
  • bike repairs
  • alcoholic drinks & random café stops
  • emergencies. Cost of emergency evacuation by ambulance or helicopter is at your own cost.
12.5% discount applies to the weekday trips.

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