April 15, 2014

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New Zealand Cycle Touring Route - The Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel peninsular is an attractive place to cycle with some provisos. The road is narrow and hugs the coast and is very hilly and not the place to be on a holiday weekend on a bike because of the traffic. There are also timber trucks to worry about. However if you plan your ride carefully outside of the holidays it can be a very rewarding ride with great beaches. The Coromandel Peninsula can easily be added to the East Coast ride to Tauranga instead of heading south via the Hauraki rail trail from Paeroa.

From Coromandel to Whangamata is 75.5 kilometers that passes through the seaside towns of Whitianga, Pauanui and Tairua where there is accommodation in these towns provided it is not in the peak of the holiday season.

It is then a ride of 29.9 kilometers to Waihi and this road also includes some reasonable climbs.


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