Get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors

Summer is around the corner and the great outdoors beckons. There are a myriad of walking and cycling experiences throughout the district to choose from, including 23km of walking and tramping tracks on Council land and many more in Department of Conservation areas (http://mpdc.nz/tracks or doc.govt.nz).

A major hut and track improvement project known as the Kaimai Ridgeway Project is also in the pipeline for the Kaimai-Mamaku range. For more details see sporty.co.nz/kaimaicommunity

There are also 40km of mountain bike tracks on Council land, not including the renowned Hauraki Rail Trail, which is shortly to open its newest leg, from Thames to PÅ«korokoro-Miranda. The Rail Trail currently ends at Te Aroha, but plans are well advanced to extend the cycleway to Matamata. For updates on this, go to haurakirailtrail.co.nz.

On the other side of the district, you could try out the mountain bike tracks maintained by the Te Miro Mountain Bike Club. See temiromtbclub.co.nz or their Facebook page for contact details.