The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Af­ter days of ex­cel­lent food and drink, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity could be next on the menu. The Matakana cy­cle trail cov­ers 14km, from the vil­lage to Point Wells and Omaha. There are sev­eral spots to stop and take in the ocean views (and catch a sneaky breath) and the path is well marked, with totem poles keep­ing rid­ers on course. It pays to have some ex­pe­ri­ence on a bike as there are sec­tions of the trail that merge with the main road, as well as some gravel sec­tions and a few small hills. If all of the ex­er­cise gets too much, there are winer­ies and cafes along the way that will hap­pily help tired rid­ers re­hy­drate. The trail starts from Matakana Vil­lage, but if un­sure, there is a map avail­able on­line.­cling-walk­ing/

For the less con­fi­dent, Matakana Bi­cy­cle Hire of­fer a range of guided cy­cle tours that show­case all cor­ners of the Matakana re­gion. They cater for all lev­els of fit­ness and con­fi­dence and hire bikes by the hour, day or week for the self-guided rider. Bike hire in­cludes hel­met . 951 Matakana Road, info@matakan­abi­cy­cle­ or call (09) 423 0076.

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