MAHIA COASTAL 1/2 Day - PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY AND CHECK YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DATE
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: Mahia coastal
PLEASE READ BELOW CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BOOK
Mahia start location is a one hour drive south of Gisborne
1. YOU MUST ONLY BOOK ONE RAILBIKE PER TWO PEOPLE !! - all railbikes are tandem
2. You must have two riders per railbike - railbikes cannot be ridden alone
3. Minimum age 18yrs - this is a legal requirement under our Rail operators license - there are NO exceptions
4. Maximum rider weight 130kg - no exceptions
5. If you are not moderately fit it is highly recommended you choose the ebike option
6. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before departure DO NOT BE LATE - missed departure times will not be refunded or transferred to another date
7.Start times as per the BOOK NOW calendar
8. No alcohol permitted
DIRECTIONS MAHIA COASTAL START LOCATION Please use the location map link on our website
Please be aware that the start point for the Mahia coastal drive is an hours drive south of Gisborne
Driving either south from Gisborne or North from Wairoa on SH2 take the Mahia turnoff at the Nuhaka roundabout
Drive 11Km along the Nuhaka- Opoutama Road until you get to the Opoutama garage and store. Immediately behind the Garage is our railbike container sitting alongside the railway. This is our start point. Coffee and snacks are available at the store before we begin our ride
WHAT TO BRINGSturdy shoes - no jandals, Raincoats if weather is changeable, weather suitable clothing - no long loose lowing type garments, morning tea snacks, water, personal medications, camera
ABOUT THE RIDE
You will be given a safety and instruction brief before setting off on your railbike.
This is a very scenic seaside ride heading south along coast from the old Opoutama station site at Mahia.
The 22km ride starts out for a couple of kilometres right beside the sea passing over the Waikokopu lagoon, still used by fishing boats as a safe anchorage and beachgoers as a sandy swimming spot.
A 2km climb follows the valley up to Blacks beach where the track continues to follow the spectacular coastline with sweeping views out to Mahia peninsular and south to Hawkes Bay.
At the 6km mark the line heads inland through pastural farmland, across the Nuhaka river bridge, rebuilt at great expense after an overweight work crane toppled from the bridge while undertaking repair work.
At the 11km mark, Nuhaka village, we turn the railbikes around and return to our morning tea picnic spot overlooking Blacks beach. We stop here for around 30 minutes before hoping back on our railbikes and returning to Opoutama.
During summer bring your togs because you may well feel like a swim once back at Opoutama as we are right beside the beach and swimming is very safe and clean in most conditions.
There is a general store and garage selling coffee and basic snacks at our start point along with a public toilet facility a short walk away.