We started at the Kopu Bridge, which is a good place to park your vehicle. Had a great time cycling the track with the mandatory stop at the Matatoke Cheese Barn which does a lovely Ploughman's lunch platter amongst other fine fare and coffee. Children can amuse themselves with the many hutches of baby rabbits and also alpacas grazing in the paddock over the fence.
Then on we went toward Paeroa, like 'mad dogs and englishmen out in the noonday sun'. Enjoyable but really too hot by then. So do start off the earlier the better.
We do hope that in time they will get some trees planted on the track as there is no shade whatsoever.
Also would be great if there could be some signage at the start of the track by the Kopu Bridge as you have to hunt out the actual start of the track.
Tip: Wear a large sunhat as even with helmets on I managed to get slight sunstroke.