Poronui and Waihaha weekend

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Taupo Weekend Minibreak - Poronui Passage and Waihaha

03 – 06 Dec. 4 days, 3 nights.

You deserve a weekend off. And, what a weekend it will be - featuring 2 of the New Zealand’s best bike rides. 

The Poronui Passage on the Saturday and the Waihaha ride on the Sunday. Combine that with Taupo lake front accommodation, great cafes and restaurants and it will certainly be a weekend to remember. We’ll take care of all the logistics so all you need to do is ride your bike and relax

Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 3 nights in Taupo staying at the 4* Millennium Hotel.
  • Entry into the Poronui. Valued at $400.00.
  • All meals. Some cycling snacks.
  • Waihaha water taxi back to Taupo.   
  • Entry in to the Wairakei Terraces.
  • Fully supported, guided.

The Tour Price Excludes

  • Airfares and extra accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages – although alcohol is included at the Poronui.
  • Travel insurance – optional
  • Sports bars, gels etc. We will supply bananas, electrolyte powder etc
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey is not included. We can sell these to you for $100.00

      The Tour Cost

      • 4 day / 3-night package NZD1990.00 per person twin share.  
      • Single supplement – NZD345.00 for those who want their own room.  
      • Non-riders are welcome - Please deduct $500.00

      ** Please note that we need a minimum of 10 people for this to proceed. Also, given that this group will be small – it’s unlikely that we will be able to match up single travellers although we will try. If we can’t then you will need a single room with the relevant costs that apply.  

      Optional Bike Hire (2 days)

      Full suspension performance E bike $270

      Hardtail performance E bike $230

      Full suspension standard MTB $210

      Terms and Conditions

      Deposit & Balance terms and conditions. There is no deposit. Full payment is due on 01 Nov. If we need to cancel after 01 November then you will receive a full refund less $250.00 which are our fixed costs.

        Poronui and Waihaha Itinerary

        Day 1 - Friday 03 December

        Suggest you aim to arrive mid-afternoon. 

        We are staying at the Millennium in Taupo.  It’s an amazing hotel and every room literally is lakefront. We’ve stayed here with groups many times before. This afternoon we would like to ride the 17km Huka River trail loop. It’s a great time to find any last-minute mechanicals prior to tomorrow. Tonight is dinner at the hotel.  

        Day 2 - Saturday 04 December

        Poronui Passage

        You choose between the 30 or the 50km event. The ride itself is not technical however it is very hilly. Don’t be scared of hiring an e-bike if you have doubts. One of the reasons for the entry fee being high is that the lodge encourages you to stay behind after we’ve finished biking, running. Why would we - it’s a beautiful and remote setting so let’s make the most of it. It’s fully inclusive so we can certainly tick off dinner for that night. Along with coffee, craft beer and wine. 

        We won’t be back in Taupo until 7 pm. Actually, let’s make that 8 pm as we stop at the Wairakei Terraces on the way home to soak the legs. (pack your togs)

        Day 3 - Sunday 05 December

        Yesterday was a big day so let’s not start too early today. It’s a late breakfast at the Tipsy Trout in Kinloch. From there it’s about another 30minute drive to where we start riding. Which is of course the Waihaha section of the Great Lakes Trail. The ride starts from the Waihaha River Bridge and has been built with flowing corners, fun downhills, and some short switchback climbs to keep you honest, but your efforts will be rewarded with postcard-worthy lookouts along the way. Towering volcanic rock cliffs, spectacular views and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley are among some of the highlights on this section of the trail. The final part of the ride drops you down past the sacred Kotukutuku Falls to the remote aquamarine waters of Waihora beach. This is the perfect spot for a swim as you wait for our water taxi to pick us up. ETA back in Taupo at approx. 5 pm. Please note that this section of the trail does require some off-road biking experience. It is classified as grade 3. In saying that – we have allowed plenty of time so if there are sections that you need to walk then that isn’t a problem. The plan B for those not wanting to ride Waihaha is to come to Kinloch with us for breakfast and then ride the 34km loop from there which is grade 2. (similar to the Saturdays ride)

        Tonight we’ve booked a table at Plateau. The best lamb in the country and that’s a fact. Feel free to have that 2nd or 3rd glass of wine. It’s a nice walk along the lakefront to We’ll drive you home.

        Day 4 - Monday 06 December

        How about a quick ride prior to breakfast. There’s a bike path in front of the hotel. 

        Coffee ride?

        It’s then time to say goodbye. What a great weekend. Thank you for joining us.


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