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“Expansive rural scenery with tunnel a highlight” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Top Trail Hire and Tours

Top Trail Hire and Tours
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Kaikohe
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Bay of Plenty
Level Contributor
38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Expansive rural scenery with tunnel a highlight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Ray picked me up from Pahia around 9.30am. I was dropped off at the start of the trail, just outside Kaikohe. Ray adjusted my rental bike seat and I began my journey. The trail is slightly uphill most of the way with some flat areas towards the end of the trail.
There is a waterfall enroute, although this summer, it was more a trickle. There is no sign so be observant while cycling if you want to see the waterfall. It is to the left hand side of the track. There is a small informal route where people have walked before, flattening the grass.
You will pass Lake Omapere enroute to Okaihau.
The trail finishes at Okaihau, a small rural town with a few shops including café and small grocery store. When I finished I phoned Ray and he came and collected me some 40 minutes later and returned me to Paihia around 3pm.
Good photographic opportunities as you go at your own pace.
An enjoyable day out cycling. No toilets enroute other than Kaikohe and Okaihau.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Catherine S
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Ray C, Owner at Top Trail Hire and Tours, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thanks Catherine. Much appreciated. Ray.
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English first
North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Family ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Outstanding ride for the whole family, only topped by Ray's enthusiasm and knowledge. We took a 7yr old, 8yr old and 10yr old along and all three boys managed it and enjoyed the half day. We were well prepared and briefed by Ray who was a very accommodating host.

Visited January 2013
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Ray C, Owner at Top Trail Hire and Tours, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Many thanks Pauline. It is so helpful to know that what we are doing is being enjoyed by families and children of all ages as well as individuals of all cycling skill levels. Ray.
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Arlington, Texas
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Rails to Trails Ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Ray Clarke was very accommodating. Picked us up at wharf where our cruise ship docked and took us to get the bikes and then to the trail. Bikes were VERY comfortable and shifted very easily. The scenery was like that of "Masterpiece Theater." Complete with sheep, turkeys, peacocks, dairy cattle, and the wild flowers were breathtaking not to mention VERY fragrant. The off and on rain and strong wind currents did not deter us from completing our ride. So nice to get away from everyone and everything for a breathtaking ride like this. Ray was VERY nice and I highly recommend this ride to everyone who enjoys riding bikes and seeing the beautiful pastures of Northern New Zealand.

Visited December 2012
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Ray C, Owner at Top Trail Hire and Tours, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you Dari. Thanks for your kind words. It was my pleasure to host you both for the day.
Im pleased that you enjoyed it. Ray
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Fantastic cycle ride..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

A nice 2 hours cycle through back country farming along an old train line and through a magical tunnel... will be even more fantastic as the track is extended from coast to coast.. a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the incrediable views and wildlife...

Visited September 2012
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Ray C, Owner at Top Trail Hire and Tours, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Many thanks for the review. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Awesome day, Great views, Great bikes & Brilliant Host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

I was a litle worried when phoning Ray to postpone our booking due to the weather being dubius but as Ray said " you have to enjoy your day ". With that said we rebooked & set off on our family adventure with brilliant weather. Ray fitted us out with the new bikes with the comfy seats, loaded up & dropped us to the start of the trail with lots of helpful local advice - Awesome day!!
Our 12 & 10 year old kids had a great time - Thanks Ray for everything - Northland needs more great guys like you!!! A fantastic family fun day!!!!!

Visited July 2012
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Ray C, Owner at Top Trail Hire and Tours, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Thank you for your review,I really appreciate it. To know that you and your family all enjoyed what we have to offer makes it great all round. All our customers are wonderful and we enjoy sharing our trail with you.
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