Special Publications : Paradise Playground 2012
Paradise Playground 11 Paradise Playground 5012021AA For a great selection of homemade food – fresh salads, tasty pies, delicious muffins, cakes & slices. Vegetarian & Gluten free options. Beautiful breakfasts available all day. Allpress Coffee. Peaceful Courtyard Setting. Catering enquiries welcome. Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturdays 9am to 2pm 72 Normanby Rd, Paeroa (right opposite the RSA) Phone 07 862 7046 on the tranquil waters of the Hauraki Plains. Tr ips of two or three hours duration on the meandering streams of the Waihou, Ohinemuri, or Hikutaia Rivers. Tr avel on the restored river launch ‘A riana’, bring a picnic lunch if you like and enjoy the wildlife (and cows) of these historic waterways. Contact Peter Vandersloot for sailing times. Phone 07 862 8896 or 021 041 0521 River launch journeys 5035431AA It was opened this year and is a great addition to what is offered in the Hauraki area. It can be accessed from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, or Te Aroha, and the trail also offers a range of shorter riding options, including day rides. The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history. A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 Wonders of New Zealand”. Transport is available to get you and your bike back to your car and will run from Waihi Te Aroha and Paeroa back to Thames. Key attractions include Thames - Beautiful historic mining town nestled under the Coromandel ranges on the Firth of Thames full of history from gold mines to museums not to mention great Pubs Cafes and restaurants or fresh fish and chips on the wharf as you enter town. Paeroa - the home of the world famous L&P bottle and many spectacular events throughout the year and many antique shops to explore. Paeroa was also named community of the year in 2012. Waihi – historic gold mining town with original old pubs and great cafes and the famous Waitete Cafe Restaurant. A short ride to the Goldfields historic train and you and your bike are off to Waikino Station for your trip through the past giving you time to think of what the day has to offer. Te Aroha – home to the luxurious, historic Te Aroha Mineral Spas and the Te Aroha Leisure Pools, old mining infrastructure such as the Victoria battery, the Blackpool Dam and Water Race and the Waihi-Waikino vintage railway. Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Waihi all offer a range of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as accommodation options including hotels, motels, backpackers, and Bed and Breakfasts. Work is due to start on the second stage of the rail trail from Thames to Kaiaua soon. For more information go to haurakirailtrail.co.nz. Easy riders loving the trail The Hauraki Rail Trail is considered to be a perfect three-day bike ride, making it an ideal long weekend or weekend experience.
Home and Living 2012