If you have worked through the points above then you will be more likely to enjoy and have fun on your ride. There is so much fun to be had on a bike – the pace you go, being close and connected with nature, your ease to detour from the trail…I wonder what is around this corner, and your ability to stop and get off your bike means you get to discover all sorts of things along the way. Sometimes you will know about and plan to enjoy things and then there are those wonderful surprise discoveries.
Some things that you could plan to discover on the Matai River Trail.
Swimming holes – You pass some great swimming holes along the way.
- Black Hole – playground, fields, toilets, barbeque
Dennes Hole – cricket fields
Sunday Hole – playground, field, toilets
All great places for a snack or picnic, or just stop for a swim. If it is too cold for a swim and it is safe there are good places for paddling or throwing stones or dam building in the river.
Playgrounds – At both Black Hole and Sunday Hole
Playing fields – Maitai cricket ground, Branford Park at Sunday Hole and Black Hole.
Walk to Centre of New Zealand starting from Branford Park. See here for map.