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  • #19673

    OldBeer
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    Well that was fun.
    I left home at 0720, was at the Pink Pig by 0900. Morrinsville by 12.00 and Tauranga by just after 2.00. So Google is pretty much spot on.

    The best bit was undoubtedly the Matahuru Road and gravel pass over the top of the hill. I tried the Mangawara road but could only get half way as its closed off for logging. But the bit up the first hill was fun…

    I took Top Road and Old Hill Road to Morrinsville and the Kiwitahi Railway Road to Matamata

    Lovely small country roads, you can see the trucks rumbling down SH27 to your left as you burble down to Morrinsville.

    Not very adventurous maybe (except for the Matahuru bit) but very nice and off the beaten track. Will post some pictures when I get back. And no GPS track, phone runs out too fast. I bought a charger but ran out of time to fit it to the bike. But will be going again so no worries.

    So thanks @glitch_oz, nice route.

    #19674

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    <cite>@oldbeer said:</cite>
    Well that was fun.
    The best bit was undoubtedly the Matahuru Road and gravel pass over the top of the hill. I tried the Mangawara road but could only get half way as its closed off for logging. But the bit up the first hill was fun…
    So thanks @glitch_oz, nice route.

    No sweat…
    Happy to hear you’ve had a good time…give Mangawara another go, I’m sure you’ll like it, too.
    Nothing spectacular, but pretty much the best there is in the general area.
    🙂
    (yes, done quite a few others around there….)

    #19683

    OldBeer
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    So this route through central Waikato went very well on the way down. I decided to leave on Thursday as weather looked to be packing up at the end of the trip and I didn’t want to miss out on any riding. I broke the trip in Tauranga, but as it turned out it would be easy to do this and still get to Whakatane in one day.

    All of the back roads were interesting, scenic and a lot quieter than the main roads.

    The route through the Hunuas made a nice change. I didnt do any side trips to the dams but I would have had plenty of time.

    Some of the roads were quite narrow, there was the odd stretch of gravel, Matahuru Road was a highlight. I’ve go some video of that I will post when I have done some editing. Old Hill Road was another treat. On this one you can look down onto SH27 and see the trucks rumbling down the road.

    Mangawara didn’t work as they were logging in there. Had it been a weekend and if the gate had not been closed…. The ride up to the closed section and back down again was a hoot anyway.

    Everything got very adventurous once I got to Whakatane but that’s another story.

    #19706

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    Here’s a little vid of Matahuru Road. Its well worth the time and trouble if you are heading down that way

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