The first section of the trail has the best unmilled forest - it is level cycling, cool and interesting. The forest is so good it is almost a shame to cycle it - you have to keep your eyes on the trail. Thereafter there is a gradual uphill until the track to the summit of Mt Pureora (which we did) and then quite a bit of downhill towards the Piropiro Campsite. The track is in good condition and there are some very impressive swing bridges crossing over several surprisingly deep stream beds. At the campsite Lyn had a nice campsite selected for us and was waiting for us with food and drink.
There was some more climbing the next day but the latter part of the day was given to glorious downhills. Good to keep eyes peeled for steeper gradients and hairpins. The signage along the way is excellent and very informative but I have to admit that we often were so 'head down, tail up' that we didn't read them all! Taumarunui has an excellent little lunch place run by a nice Russian woman who makes very good milkshakes and food!
|David and Mike on Top of Mt Pureora
|One of Several Swing Bridges
|Wreckage of Old Bridge from Swingbridge
|Signage: Early Ellis and Bernand Photo of Spiral