The Classic Grind: About the Course

On the first day, riders head out from Rotorua past Okere Falls and into some quiet country roads before taking the Kaikōkopu Track to Roydon Downs. From there, we follow Old Coach Road before turning off onto more gravel at Campbell Road, then head down Pikowai Road to the coast. We will camp for the night at Murphy’s campground, right on the coast and just 3 kilometres from some of the best fish and chips in the country.

On the second day, the route takes you to Te Teko and Rerewhakaaitu. If you’re just doing the two days, you then head back along the Te Ara Ahi cycleway to Rotorua, but if you’re riding three days you’ll head over the hill and camp at the Waikite Valley Scout Hall, no doubt enjoying a soak at the hot springs just down the road.

On the third day, you’ll take a loop through Waikite Valley before returning to Rotorua, with the longer option including some gravel on Puaiti Road, while the short option takes you pretty much straight back to Rotorua only 30 kilometres away.