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Touring Guide by Member Bryan Halliwell © 2009

Sub-Route A: i to iv

Sub-Route A (i)

from Collision Crossroads, via Port Waikato, Limestone Downs, Waingaro, Raglan and Whatawhata.
Leave SH1 at Bombay/Collision Crossroads, take Pukekohe road, then the Tuakau turnoff. (Alternatively, leave SH1 at Pokeno, for Tuakau). Then follow the signs, to Port Waikato. After visiting Port Waikato, head south, to Limestone Downs, then via Te Akau, to Dunmore then Waingaro, to Ngaruawahia. Alternatively, from Waingaro, follow the signs to SH23 and Raglan, and then return to Sub-route A (ii), at Whatawhata.

Ocean beach, with Sunset Beach Surf Club, and Waikato River estuary.
Outstanding limestone outcrops.
Hot pools, including swimming pool, etc, and accommodation.
Famous surf beach, pleasant village, harbour trips, museum, Bridal Veil Falls.
Port Waikato:
Limestone Downs:

Sub-Route A (ii)

from Ngaruawahia via Whatawhata and Pirongia, to Otorohanga.
At the BP service station, at the south end of town, turn right, across the railway, then immediately left. At the end of the street, veer right, for Te Kowhai and Whatawhata.

Historic Land Wars village, with marked walk. Cafes. Adjacent to Pirongia Mountain, with Park Lodge, Information Centre and several lovely tracks.

Sub-Route A (iii)

from Pirongia via Kawhia and Marakopa to Otorohanga.
7km south of Pirongia, turn right into Ngutunui Rd, then right onto SH31. After visiting Kawhia, retrace 10kms, for Harbour Rd, to Marakopa and Waitomo.

Interesting village, harbour and surroundings. Tainui base. Gateway to Marakopa area and interesting back-road to Mokau. Hot springs, golf.
Spectacular waterfall, 5-minute walk from road.
1-hour limestone-country gorge, stream and fossils walk, with the Mangapohue Natural Bridge, the highlight.
Your selection of caves, and adventures, from the free Ruakuri, to the original Waitomo Caves, to Lost World, Blackwater, Pink Gumboot, and the Museum of Caves, etc. Also, several good scenic walks and tracks.

Marakopa Falls:
Natural Bridge:


Sub-Route A (iv)

Otorohanga, then via Old Te Kuiti Rd to Te Kuiti, then via SH30 and Waimiha Rd, to Ongarue, then Ongarue Back Rd, to Taumarunui.
Just south of Otorohanga, turn left, then immediately right, onto Old Te Kuiti Rd. After 7km, Mangarino Rd takes you to Te Kuiti. At south end of Te Kuiti, turn left onto SH30. After about 17km, turn right, onto Waimiha Rd, to Ongarue. At Ongarue, either return to SH4, or take Ongarue Back Rd, to Taumarunui. These are very scenic roads, and follow the Main Trunk railway line, from Otorohanga to Taumarunui.

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