Waikaremoana Loop Ride

Route Overview

General Overview
This ride is a great one day loop ride that includes, tarmac, public access roads through Whirinaki Forest, Lake Waikaremoana and high country gravel roads winding through rolling farmland.  It also passes though Boundary Stream National Reserve.

This ride is a loop including Waipunga Road to Minginui, Waikaremoana Road, Waihi Road to Raupunga, Pohokura Road, Waitara Road, and SH5.
Start/Finish Point
While this Exploration Route can be started from a number of entry points along the route, a natural starting point is the intersection of Pohokura Road and SH5. This is where the GPX file for Leg 1 starts from and where Leg 2 ends.
Terrain includes
This route aims to have as many gravel roads as possible and while there are still a reasonable number of tarmac stretches, the volume of gravel roads will please any gravel seeking rider. All the gravel roads included in this route are Grade 1 and Grade 2. There are a number of small streams to ford but nothing that poses any challenge when the streams are running at normal flow rates. Most will be running around 2 to 6 inches deep.
331 km.
Max Fuel Leg
193 km.
Ride Time
This is a full day ride. The actual time taken will depend on how long you spend at some of the natural stopping points such as the lookouts, lakes, rivers etc. The average seat time for the entire route is 6.5 hours. It is recommended to start this route early in the morning so that you are not rushing later in the day.
While this route is intended as a day ride there is a campsite as an option for camping at Waikaremoana.  This is detailed in the Leg 1 route notes.
Access Permission
No permission is needed to access the routes in this Exploration Route however please note that some of the gravel roads pass through public access easement property. While it is legal to pass through these areas it is important to stick to the road.
Access Limitations
This Exploration Route is recommended for fine weather. If there has been recent heavy rain then the fords can become deep and the road rutted. On the Waikaremoana road be aware of camper vans, and vehicles towing boats. 

Ideally you'll want to ride this route when the visibility is good as the views are outstanding on a clear blue sky day.
Preparation and Safety
While this is not considered a technical route it does include a few semi-remote areas so it is recommended to ride this as a group with typical adventure riding equipment including bike tools, spares and a PLB or emergency beacon.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Leg 1 <span>(26 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (26 photos)
Leg 2 <span>(21 photos)</span>
Leg 2 (21 photos)