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The Geographic Center of the North Island

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Forums Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map The Geographic Center of the North Island

This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  granteuk 2 years, 2 months ago.

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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The Geographic Center of the North Island is located in the Pureora Forest Park northwest of Lake Taupo and can be accessed via either SH30 or SH32.  
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    rode this for the second time the other day – it’s a really nice little side trip if you are on SH30 or in the Whakamaru area. Forest roads are in great condition and a great place for beginers to ride. Can be done on road tyres too. It’s not well sign posted but it easy enough to find. I started from the north end (SH30 Bennydale) end both times. Get off SH30 where’s it’s signposted for PA HEREKEKE, go past the Pa and round to the right, follow the road along past some concrete buildings (Pureora forest accomodation/visitor centre). Go past the start of the Timber Trail cycle route, and veer right when the road splits. This is link road. Just keep following Link Rd, and stay on Link road at any point where the road splits. Eventually you’ll come accross a sign on your right, pointing LEFT for Centre of NI – go down here, take another signposted left turn, and you’ll be at the parking area. It’s only a 200m walk to the marker post. Some people will be tempted to ride their bikes into the bush to the marker for a photo, be beware there are two very narrow wooden platforms with decent drops underneath to be negotiated. Cool place to go. Not many people know it’s even there.

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