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Cambridge – Waikato River Trail

From the Cambridge information centre, ride south on Lake then Victoria streets. After 1.1 km, cross the Waikato River on Victoria Bridge. Turn east onto Cook Street. Ride down Cook Street for 500 metres, then turn right onto Shakespeare Street. Continue on Shakespeare Street for 1.1 km. Then turn left onto Browning Street. Ride for 700 metres to the corner of Carlyle Street and Maungatautari Road.

Take the 6 km Te Awa River Ride cycle path that leads beside Maungatautari Road to Karapiro Domain and then beside the lake for several hundred metres.

From the end of the Te Awa River Ride path, cycle onto Maungatautari Road. Continue for 15 km. Then turn right onto Oreipunga Road. Follow Oreipunga Road for 14 km, then turn left onto Arapuni Road.

Cross the first bridge over the Waikato River and turn left onto Powerhouse Road. Cycle down Powerhouse Road for 1.4 km, then cross the swing bridge on your right.

The Waikato River Trail and the main street of Arapuni lie on the far side of the swing bridge.

Hauraki Rail Trail connection to Waikato River Trail -and Hobbiton

Te Aroha to Horahora Road ( Please note: the Hauraki Rail Trail (HRT) will extends to Matamata late 2018 as the Paiko-Matamata council has $3million for this HRT extension) just waiting for the NZ Government contribution expected annoucement 26.02.2018

Distance 64kms Time 1 day  Grade 4 ( advanced -due to traffic) “PS: please be very careful and keep to the left hand side on the roads and be wary of cars and large trucks ”

This route has been designed for cyclists to connect from the Hauraki  Rail Trail (HRT) to the Waikato River Trails via Hobbiton.

From the Te Aroha Railway Station, ride 200 meters to near the south corner of Terminus Street and take the walk/cycle bridge across the Waihou river to Spur street. At the end of Spur Street,turn left down Stanley street  and ride out of town past the race course and Te Aroha Holiday Park.

Stanley Road road turn right on to  Alexandra Road. Veer left down Manawaru Road cycle through Manawaru.  At the crossroad, 8kms further on, go straight on to Tower Road. From the historic Firth Tower, the last 2kms into Matamata (36kms from Te Aroha) use the cycle path beside the road. Turn right off Tower Road, and cycle 1km down Broadway to the I-Site ( on the left).

Matamata is rebranding itself as Hobbiton-as you can tell from the i-Site. There are plenty of shops and Cafes & food outlets (30 plus)

From Matamata i-Site, to Hobbiton ride south down Hetana Street, which becomes Arawa Street, right down Tainui, which turns into Farmers Road, the left down Smith Street. At the end of Smith St ,turn right into Station Road and head out of town. Five kilometers  from town, turn left at Matai Road,the 3kms later, turn right at Puketutu Road, to go to Hobbiton turn right into Bucklands Road 4.6kms up a steep hill to Hobbiton Car park on left (on way to Hobbiton you pass Bucklands B&B at approx 2kms)

After visiting Hobbiton turn right on to Bucklands Road return to the bottom of Bucklands Road down a steep hill, then turn right into Puketutu Road  after approx 2 kms you get to Highway 29 /Highway27

Hobbiton back to Matamata:

Turn  left onto Highway 27 ( keep to the Left road option and to the  verge tow roads run parrell ) which will take you back into Matamata  distance  approx 9kms to edge of town , NB  a  B&B at #418 Highway 27,  and a further B&B ” Longridge Farm Carmellia Cottage B&B” 5km from Town. Follow Highway 27  straight into town past Matamata College then turn right onto Tainui and then right on to Arawa Street -which become Hetana St and back to I-Site .

Hobbiton to the  start of  Waikato River Trail:

Turn right  on to  Highway 29 (12kms from Matamata),  turn right and stick in the shoulder lane for the next 9km, the turn left onto highway 1. Again  stay in the shoulder lane for 1km, before crossing the highway at Horahora Road. The Waikato River Trail starts 4.4kms down this country road and is clearly signposted.

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