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Went through east to west yesterday and road surface as you would expect on a logging road … some big gravel used in road repairs.
Just did Klondyke from East to West today before work, awesome road, really torn up from the trucks but quite manageable for a beginner. Just have to be extra careful on corners as I passed 4 logging trucks on my ride. Will def be trying this again the other direction soon!
For a stumper of a ride that blows you out of your socks….
Starting off just a few km further south (coming from Tuakau, keep going south past the Klondyke Rd. turnoff, into the valley) the turnoff into Ponganui Rd. is on the valley floor just past the bridge.
Ponganui Rd. becomes Brien Rd. along the way, just keep following the endless rollercoaster which gets narrower and narrower.
Stay on the ridges, using the Wairamarama-Onewhero Rd. the views turn from awesome to sublime.
Once more, continue on the ridges via the Waikaretu-Wairamarama Rd…..or dip towards the coast on Baker Rd. (which looked awesome from above!!) which links up with the coastal road from/ to Port Waikato.
We stayed “up top” into Kaawa and some more gravel/ backroads into Hamilton.
Maitakitaki Rd. is a little eastern “feeder” to the ridges and WELL worth a look…we only rode down it a few k’s before returning to the “spine” track.
Pretty easy riding…we were used to the prolific amount of pre-Xmas gravel through the bends and steeper bits by then. 🙂 Little to no corrugation (which didn’t stop the posties in their merry dance of 1/2″ suspension travel hehe)
Forgot…it’s all gravel except the first km of the northern end of Ponganui Rd.
Thanks @glitch_oz, sounds like I’ll need to check it out next time I am up that way.
FYI, I’ve tracked Klondyke Rd for the NZOGPS maps, and from map release 20150523 onwards the road is correctly shown as gravel and more accurately mirrors reality in layout.
Klondyke is a great road and is in good condition – have ridden it a couple of times lately (each time heading west>east).
For Hamilton/cambridge/TA riders makes a great day loop starting from Whatawhata. Head on the Raglan road, before Te Uku turn right toward Waingaro on Ohautira road. after 15km or so on this road turn LEFT onto Ruakiwi Road, at the end of Ruakiwi go left onto Te Akau rd, on Te Akau rd a T intersection comes up bear RIGHT onto Te Akau Coast road heading north (this is an absolute GEM of a road with amazing views pancake rock formations and a great riding surface. bear LEFT to stay on Te Akau Coast Road when an unsigned turn to the right comes up. after a short descent down a twisty road you arrive at a 2-way intersection which isn’t well signed, look left you should see a blacksand dune over a narrow bridge, turn that way (LEFT) onto Pukerewa road, you should cross the narrow bridge then haul ass along a fast straight which climbs up onto the ridge and gives amazing views of the west coast for the next half hour.
at the T intersection at the end of Pukerewa road you’ll be facing a stone quarry. You can take a quick side trip 2km to right for Nikau Caves Cafe if you need caffiene and body fuel (no bike fuel). After morning tea double back from Nikau cafe and go past the Pukerewa road-end following Port Waikato-Waikaretu Road past the stone quarry – stay on Port Waikato-Waikaretu road the rest of the way up the coast until you come into Port Waikato township. there’s fuel and pies at P/Waikato wharf dairy, suggest you get some!.
Leaving P/Waikato heading east toward Tuakau, Klondyke road will come up on your right after about 6km. turn right into Kylondyke. at the end of Klondyke turn right onto Wairamarama-Onewhero road, follow this south until you come to a X roads immediately after a 1-lane bridge, turn right here onto Ponganui road. follow Ponganui which will magically become Brien road part way along.
At the end of Brien road is a T intersection that is not signposted, turn RIGHT, which will be Wairamarama-Onewhero road. continue on this (dont turn into baker road). turning right eventually onto Waikaretu-Wairamarama road, which is through forestry and is really cool, at the end at T intersection turn right onto sealed Waikaretu Valley main road. after Waikaretu village Turn left onto Richardson road (unless you choose to go straight a few more km and revisit Nikau Cave Cafe for more body fuel).
at the end of Richardson road turn right then Immediately Left, onto Dixon road. At the end of Dixon road turn right onto Waimai Valley road, this is an absolute peach (and is a stage of WRC NZ Rally, as is Te Akau Coast). at the end of Waimai valley you’ll be at a T intersection with Te Akau road, turn left, and stick on Te Akau right to the end where it meets SH22. turn right onto SH22 and ten minutes of tarseal later you’ll be at the Waingaro hot springs pub – where a cold beer awaits you. enjoy.
from Waingaro hot springs pub its a simple case of going North to Ngaruawahia and SH1 or South back to Te Uku/Whatawhata SH23, depending where home is.
I rode Klondyke Rd this morning. It is being logged at the moment (Oct 16) but doesn’t seem too badly cut up. Fortunately there were no logging trucks today but it could get hairy otherwise. I started at the Port Waikato end so the steep bits are up hill. It makes a nice leg of a Tuakau/SH22/Waikaretu Valley/Limestone Downs to Port Waikato and back to Tuakau loop.
Just rode through this today (2nd October) from West to East. Easy ride, no traffic at all.
There’s a tree across Klondyke Road at the moment but it should be gone in a day or so.
Very scenic ride. just take caution for logging activities. I rode through on a Wednesday and had quite a few “oh sh*t” moments. Fantastic views over the Waikato and if you like you can continue with Ponganui Rd and then Baker Rd and quite a few other gravel roads. Attached is a video of the route
Rode this with a mate for the first time on April 24th. Was a bit slippery as a digger had chewed it up a bit. Nice views were worth it though.