A very easy trail suitable for the whole family! We took two days to complete all three legs of it. There are chances to stop for refreshments frequently,including devonshire teas on the Paeroa-Te Aroha leg, which is not advertised on the trail map currently. We carried a backpack each with our gear and this did not make any difference to the difficulty of the ride due to the flattish trail. The most historical and interesting leg is the Paeroa-Waikino leg. There is plenty of accomodation in each of the legs of travel. The last 14 km into Te Aroha is without any shade so go prepared. Also, there is no water stop available on the Paeroa-Te Aroha leg. The trail is all off road, gravel and very flat. We did not practise at all beforehand and did not have to walk any of it. It is a bit difficult to find the actual start of it out of Thames if you do not know this town at all. We caught the shuttle bus back for two legs, though this is pricey ($80 for two adults and their bikes). There is secure car parking within the business compound if needed. To find nice food in Paeroa after 2:30 is a bit of a mission. Really lovely wee restaurant at Owharoa Falls (The Bistro) to consider eating at if in Waikino area.
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