Paeroa to Thames – 34kms (3-4 hours)
Enjoy a leisurely ride to Thames with the option to return by shuttle to Paeroa. This is an easy ride through lush farmland with views across the Hauraki Plains and forested Kaimai Ranges. For a short adventure, riders can opt to turn back upon reaching Hikutaia.
The Matatoki Cheese Barn is a highlight, as is the Historical Maritime Park, once New Zealand’s most inland port. From Summer 2020 a riverboat will offer transport for cyclists into the township of Paeroa, via the Waihou and Ohinemuri Rivers.
Matatoki offers a licensed Cafe, cheese tastings, and animal farm. The family of alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, budgies, quails, and canaries are great entertainment for the whole family.
As you approach Thames, stop to enjoy the sculptures along the community’s Arts Trail. Take time to explore the towns gold-mining heritage with a visit to the Thames School of Mines, one of New Zealand’s best-preserved mining schools.
Paeroa to Te Aroha – 23 kms (2-3 hours)
For a shorter ride, the easy journey down to the township of Te Aroha passes through Waikato farmland and a variety of animals, beneath the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges. Te Aroha is a small town with a pretty domain, and home to walkways, wacky art and cafes.
At the the foot of Mount Te Aroha is the Te Aroha Mineral Spas. Renowned for their healing properties it’s an ideal way to unwind after a few hours riding.