via Tiniroto Road (105 km) and back via Morere (101kms)
This 1-4 day ride covers the course of the longest one day race (205km) in New Zealand, the GWAloop. Taken causally over a few extra days it is a demanding but rewarding ride for people with a good general level of fitness. Gentle Annie defies her name, but the effort is rewarded by great views over the Poverty Bay flats. The Tiniroto Road is a service road for farming so relatively quiet, however SH2 via Morere is busier and cyclists need to be aware of logging trucks and heavier traffic through this route.
The following details the basic route, highlights, places to stay and refuel and some sights:
Makaraka – veer left onto SH2 to Waipaoa Bridge roundabout
Waipaoa Bridge Roundabout (Gisborne 10kms – Wairoa 95kms)
Take the second exit for Wairoa via Tiniroto
Gentle Annie Summit (Gisborne 24km Wairoa 81km)
Elevation 360metres. Panoramic views of Poverty Bay and Gisborne from the lookout
Waerenga-o-kuri (Gis 29km – Wai 62km)
Hanagaroa (Gis 43kn – Wai 62km)
Excellent trout fising in the Hangaroa River adjacent to the road, many quiet picnic spots.
Doneraille Park (Gis 53km -Wairoa 52km)
A secluded, native bush reserve and tranquil picnic area on the banks of the Hangaroa River. Good fishing, safe swimming, picnic and camping facilities. (Possibility to join a loop track through to Tiniroto on a gravel road)
Tiniroto (Gis 61km- Wai 44km)
Elevation 262m. The Tiniroto Lakes are renowned for year round trout fishing. Hackfalls Arboretum (accommodation available), Berry Road, off Ruakaka Road. Tavern, takeaways, EFTPOS.
Te Reinga Falls (Gis 70km – Wai 35km)
Two rivers combine and form a spectacular waterfall. Bushwalks, river fishing, rafting. Alternative unsealed road travels through Ruakituri Valley, renowned for its trout fishing, to Lake Waikarmoana.
Frasertown (Gis 97km – Wai 8km)
Was established as a military settlement in the 1860’s. Historic cemetery. Tavern, store, petrol, takeaways.
The end of the ride or half way. This small township, famous for the best pies in New Zealand is set on the beautiful Wairoa River. Stay a day, a night or peddle off on you way back to Gisborne.
Nuhaka (Wai 33km – Gis 68km)
Small settlement at turn-off to Mahia with many marae. General Store, postal facilities, meals. (if you like you can head into Mahia (16km) and then back over Tunanui Road (gravel road) to Morere (19km).
Morere (Wai 41km – Gis 60km)
Morere Hot Springs are situated in the Morere Scenic Reserve. Native bush walks of various lengths are well signposted while nikau palm groves are a feature of the reserve. Numerous thermal bathing pools of differing temperatures are available. Store, tea rooms, camping ground, cabins, BBQ area.
Wharerata Rest Area (Wai 59km – Gis 42km)
A lookout point at 488m reached after ascending Wharerata Hill. Magnificent views of Poverty Bay and East Coast. SH2 continues through hills which are planted in exotic trees.
Muriwai (Wai 78km – Gis 23km)
Is renowned for rich alluvial land and a climate that is conducive to growing subtropical fruits.
Waipaoa Bridge Roundabout (Wai 90km – Gis 10km)
Take the third exit on the roundabout and make the last 10km journey into Gisborne. There’s some great wineries that you pass around this area which are often open for tastings or meals.
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