Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Discoveries - Hakarimata Rail Trail, Ngaruawahia

Excited that its school holiday time again.  That means time to explore more around the Waikato. Today the children and I rode the Hakarimata Rail Trail in Ngaruawahia.

It was totally achievable for their age levels and a great morning out.

The carpark and beginning of the ride on Waingaro Road is signposted and is only about a 100 metres on the right after the Perry Quarry entrance.

Its only 1.5km to the end of the trail.  The trail is pretty flat and grassy most of the way.  At the end of the trail you find yourself in a picnic area by a stream, and its only a short 200 metre walk to some small cascades.  There is even a bike rack to park your bikes up on.  The children had a ball here throwing stones into the water.

Shortly before reaching the picnic area at the end of the track it must be warned that we passed a tall 6 foot high wire fence which had 3 rather loud, growling and vicious looking bull dogs behind it.  They gave the children a heck of a fright and it was a bit unnerving at first until I realised that they were actually contained. It took some time to calm poor Sprat down and he was a bit on edge for the rest of the ride.

Other than that, we had great fun.  We were back home before lunchtime and the children are looking forward to their next adventure.

For more official information check out the DOC info on the Hakarimata Rail Trail here.

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