Coromandel Peninsula - Minibreak

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Gravel, Kiwis and Remote Beaches

03 - 09 April 2022 (7 Days / 6 Nights)

We asked our inaugural Coro mini-break clients if anything needed to be changed, improved. The answer was a very clear – don’t change anything. So we haven’t.

We visit areas of the peninsula which can only be described as remote. Perfectly remote!! Paradise even.

The actual distances aren't massive. However, the vertical metres certainly are a challenge. We’ve picked April because the weather will be settled and roads quiet.

The majority of our riding is on gravel, a bit of track and about 20% paved roads. It's not for a road bike so you'll need either a cross, gravel, mountain or e-bike. (we have e-bikes and mountain bikes for hire)

Like all RH tours we will have a lot of flexibility and equally import - unlimited support. You can literally turn up on this 7day trip and all you need to think about is riding, sleeping, eating and the odd coffee or wine. We will do everything else.

Team Mac are very welcome. Our 3 accommodation locations are perfect for long walks, reading books on the beach and wildlife spotting.

Look forward to seeing you in April.

Cheers Karl and the RH team,

Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 2 nights Coromandel Town, Anglers Lodge and at the Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat.
  • All meals and some cycling snacks. (bananas, electrolytes etc)
  • Small group size - Max 20 cyclists. 4 staff.
  • Mechanical support. 2 vehicles with bike trailers.
  • Choice of ride distances each day.
  • Team Mac are very welcome but on this tour you would need to accompany the support vehicles. We won't have a separate program. We would search out a nice walk for you every day.
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey
  • Traditional RH booklet to add to your collection

    The Tour Price Excludes

    • Airfares and extra accommodation
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Travel insurance
    • Sports bars, gels etc. We will supply bananas, muesli bars, electrolyte powder etc

    The Tour Cost

    • 7 days / 6 nights NZD2990.00 per person twin share
    • NZD720.00 extra for your own room. Subject to availability.
    • Non-rider cost NZD2500.00 (includes hotels, meals, transport)

    Terms and Conditions

    Deposit & Balance terms and conditions. There is a zero deposit policy for this trip. We will ask you for $250.00 60 days prior to departure which allows us to pay deposits to the hotels etc. The balance to be paid 30 days prior to departure. If we can't travel due to COVID then we will refund you in full less $250.00 per person which will be our fixed cost loss. (deposits for car hire, printing, cycle jerseys etc)

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      Coromandel Minibreak Cycle Tour Itinerary 2022

      Day 1 - Sunday 3 April

      Coromandel Town

      Thank you for joining our 2nd Coro mini-break. Designed around catching up with friends, exploring this beautiful part of the world and riding a few km's.  

      There are quite a few joining options and I'm happy to work with what best suits you.

      A, there's an 8.30am ferry (2hr) from Auckland which arrives 12km south of Coromandel Town at about 11am. We would be there to meet you, grab your bags while you ride to our accommodation.

      Plan B, means you would simply drive to Coro Town and meet us there. Quite a few of our Coro # 1 clients did this.  

      Plan C, leave your car in Taupo and get a lift with Jonny.   

      Plan D, will come in to play if we have people flying into Auckland. Somehow, we'd work logistics around picking you up if you didn't have a vehicle.

      What I'm trying to say is - let's talk… I'll then work out the best solution for you.

      This afternoon we pop out for a short 15km ride out to McGregor Bay. Short but steep. In fact, clients mentioned something about 18% gradients. Surely not. On the way home we stop for our first ice-cream. Yes – it’s compulsory.

      On this particular trip we've included 100% of the meals. We'll take care of everything. Including choosing a fantastic restaurant for tonight's welcome dinner.

      / Accommodation: Coromandel Top 10
      / Meals Included: Welcome dinner at Peppers

      Day 2 - Monday 4 April

      Road 309

      We start with a café breakfast. Because we can.

      It's then what the locals (Frank) refer to as the bucket list ride in the region. It actually doesn't have a name - simply referred to as Road 309. Excellent. Anyway, #309 is a short 6km south back towards Thames on the main road. It's half paved and half gravel. You can turn around when you've had enough.

      When researching new trips, it's amazing what you find. On the #309 you'll probably come across Stuart. And yes, he owns a few pigs. According to google (which is always correct) Stuart has become a roadside tourist attraction and is living under virtual house arrest in order to protect his pigs. (which are scattered all across the road) According to Frank - the pigs are really smelly and you should keep on riding. At pace.

      On the 309 there's also a great café (and amusement park) called Water Works. It's also our lunch destination for today. It's then back to Coro and a further 17km along the coast (paved) to our waterfront accommodation for the next 2 nights.

      60km for your first ride is respectable. This afternoon you should chill. Our waterfront lodge is perfect for pulling up a seat, grabbing a book and a beer.

      Tonight's dinner - RH BBQ. Jonny and Frank are your chefs.

      / Accommodation: Anglers Lodge
      / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Day 3 - Tuesday 5 April

      Fletcher Bay and back

      Team MasterChef will again be on breakfast duty. Yes, there will be coffee. There's really no urgency to hop on the bikes. Let's look at a mid-morning departure.

      Here's our navigation advice for today. On the way to Fletcher Bay keep the blue stuff to the left and the green stuff to the right. Reverse that on the way back home. We will have 2 vehicles in and around you for any mechanical issues or to top up your fluid.

      Today is our queen stage and offers the longest ride of the trip.

      Lunch and your turnaround spot Fletcher Bay which is exactly 45km away from our hotel. Of the 90km - 70% is on gravel roads. Oh, there's a bit of climbing. Hmm 1400VM seems like a big figure. For those who only want to ride half then you can get a lift back with one of the vehicles. Or, like a few clients on our first trip it’s pretty easy to seek out the extra 10km to bring you up to the triple figures.   

      The only town we'll pass today is Colville Bay. There's a couple of cafes, a general store (yes - has icecream) and believe it or not - the Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity offering daily meditations.

      Tonight, we dine at the Hereford 'n' a pickle which is back in Colville - about 5km away from our digs. Burgers, chips and craft beer. Excellent.

      / Accommodation: Anglers Lodge
      / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Day 4 - Wednesday 6 April

      Kiwi Retreat

      We see today as the holiday part of the Ride. In fact – we start with a cruise. That would be a boat cruise. A short hour long sightseeing excursion showcasing the local islands. We’ll bring morning the scones and coffee.

      Hotel to hotel is only 30km and 500VM. 90% gravel. Those who want more mileage can simply carry on down the road when we get to the Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat - our accommodation for the next 2 nights. Named after the 50 Kiwi that call this area home.(apparently the most Kiwi living on private land throughout NZ)

      Set amongst this enchanting native bush, Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat has 13 well-appointed (and RH has booked all of them) modern Chalets which blend gently into the natural surroundings and make you feel as if you are a part of the native bush. It's this bush that you should take the time to explore this afternoon. There are many walks to choose from including heading down to Sandy Bay for a swim. Or if all you want to do is relax then how about spending a couple of hours in one of the spa pools that are scattered throughout the bush.

      But wait - there's more. Come 5pm it's RH happy hour at the Kiwi Retreat Bar and Restaurant.

      Tonight after dinner we’ve asked the local Kiwi expert to come and give us a talk.  

      / Accommodation: Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat
      / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (oh, and happy hour is on RH)

      Day 5 - Thursday 7 April

      Coromandel Coastal Bikeway

      15km on a gravel road from the Kiwi retreat is the start of the Coro Coastal walkway. "It's like walking through a 10km film set!" is how it's described on the official website.

      The track when we visited in November had quite a bit of weather damage. We’ll make a decision closer to the time on if it’s a walk or a bike ride. It's only 5km (500VM) in each direction. You can choose when you've had enough and simply turn around.

      On the way back to Kiwi retreat there's some further exploring to be done for those who are keen. Although I think you’ll find that 30km on gravel, followed by the Coromandel Coastal walkway will be enough for the majority. Nothing is flat here.

      You need to factor in some quality time back at Tangiaro or at one of the many beaches nearby. Or, randomly – there’s actual a snail farm which is well worth a visit. These aren’t ordinary snails as they’re destined for table rather than the garden.    

      Tonight, would be a good time to head out on one of the trails for an evening walk. Listening for Kiwi. And then back to the spa pool.

      / Accommodation: Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat
      / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Day 6 - Friday 8 April

      Kennedy Bay

      For what this trip lacks in pure out and out mileage it certainly makes up for in climbing. Today's point to point is a shade over 40km however it is almost 1000m in climbing. That's significant. In fact, I've just added up the maximum (not everyone will do this) vertical for the 6 days riding and it's shaping up at over 5000m over 340km. Make sure you bring your climbing legs and also a bike that has low gears.

      On that note - Jonny can bring a variety of hire bikes with him including some e-mountain bikes. It's a great opportunity to try this new revolution.

      Getting back to today - we ride via Kennedy Bay. Described as an undiscovered paradise on the Coromandel Peninsula. Let's lunch and swim at Kennedy before taking on the last 15km of gravel back to town.

      Tonight, we're back at the Top 10. Some of you will need to pack away bikes etc before our last dinner together. It's been a great 6 days. My legs are tired.

      Nite nite,

      / Accommodation: Coromandel Top 10
      / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Day 7 - Saturday 9 April

      Back to the big smoke

      It's a café breakfast before we all head our different ways. We're picking that the majority of you will have your own cars. For those catching the ferry back to Auckland it doesn't depart until 4.30 this afternoon.

      Jonny will again be heading back to Taupo for anyone who needs a lift. We can accommodate most departure requests.

      Once again - thank you for joining Ride Holidays.

      Ride safe,

      Karl and RH team


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