The Cambridge to Lake Karapiro portion of Te Awa – the Great New Zealand River Ride (Ngaruawahia to Horahora). Although yet to appear in the Waikato portion of Te Araroa the national cycleway-walkway. The westerly end begins at the intersection of Carlyle Street where Browning Street becomes Maungatautari Road in Leamington. Some 6km in length, give or take, and running alongside Maungatautari Road (and the Waikato River – a paddock or so to the north) through Pukekura to Judd Lane at Lake Karapiro. The eastern portion at the Karapiro Hydro dam end is interesting – a cantilevered boardwalk arrangement below the place called Crows Nest (Redoubt) or Te Tiki o te Ihingarangi just as you drop down to the dam.
Photo taken 09:10 29/1/2011
This tread plate covered pontoon runs at right angles to the 2000 metre Karapiro rowing course while under /through it, at 90 degrees, run each of the boat holder pontoons which are pushed and pulled forward or back to accommodate differing boat lengths – singles to eights. This is a two person job with the boat holder for each lane laying on the end of each pontoon holding their boat in position while their companion pulls and pushes – often it seems with their feet – at the intersection of the two pontoons. As the start approaches the race marshall off to the side asks that the boats be bought into exact alignment with the tweaking continuing right up to the point the starter, in the tower directly behind us, calls the start. Eight lanes – sixteen people not counting the marshals and starters – twenty folk at least – though this morning there were fewer with some hardy souls dashing between stations. Added to this a stiff breeze.
Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) rowing squad members view the Lake Karapiro rowing course from above the 1000 metre mark on Maungatautari Road this morning Saturday the 29th of January 2011. The evident camaraderie, team and school spirit these young women exhibit brings much colour (and noise) to the highly disciplined and competitive (not withstanding the matching enthusiasm of their rivals) atmosphere of the Cambridge Town Cup as often fiercely contested battles unfold out on the water. There’s another shot of these young women here – at least I think it’s the same lot! :) The day gallery is here.
WRCH2010 Buses Maungatautari Road & Redoubt Road, Pukekura, Waipa District, New Zealand.
#3 [12:28 16/10/2010] Returning west 2 [25 seconds]
#2 [12:25 16/10/2010] Returning west 1 [54 seconds]
#1 [11:48 16/10/2010] Heading east along Maungatautari Road, Pukekura with Leamington behind and Lake Karapiro ahead of us [40 seconds]. – modified 0904 18/10/2010
Short and sweet [16 seconds] Waipa District Mayor Alan Livingston and Perry Foundation Chair Simon Perry cut the ribbon to open the Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway portion (Pukekura) of Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride at 11:20am, this morning, Saturday the 16th of October 2010.
The colours of Waipa District celebrate this morning’s opening of the Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway on the edge of Leamington, New Zealand. The cycleway walkway project has been completed in eight weeks, in time for the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro – at the other end of the cycleway.
Get ready to ride!
..or walk, or jog, or push a pram!
Help celebrate the completion of the Cambridge to Karapiro cycleway-walkway with a GIANT
community bike ride and walk. Join Waipa sporting champions and enjoy a leisurely 10km
ride or walk from Leamington to the Mighty River Domain and back.
Saturday, October 16 – 10.30am
Meet at the corner of Carlyle St and Maungatautari Road. Fun starts at 11am.
The Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway our portion of the Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride passes, in the west, from the Cambridge greenbelt on the edge of Leamington, through Pukekura along Maungatautari Road, to Lake Karapiro Hydro Dam to the east. Pukekura is one of eighteen mostly rural districts forming the hinterland surrounding Cambridge.
Down to the wire. Much activity at the eastern (Lake Karapiro) end of the Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway our brand spanking new portion of Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride this morning Friday the 15th of October 2010 as work to complete the project for tomorrow’s opening continues apace.
Get ready to ride! ..or walk, or jog, or push a pram! Saturday, October 16 – 10.30am. Meet at the corner of Carlyle St and Maungatautari Road. Fun starts at 11am.
Map: updated 19/3/2011
Our portion of Te Awa – the Great New Zealand River Ride (Leamington greenbelt to Karapiro Hydro Dam), stretching from Ngaruawahia to Horahora (70km !?) along the Waikato River begins here; where Carlyle Street and the road to Roto-o-rangi, Browning Street and Maungatautari Road meet on the edge of Leamington, in the Waipa District, Waikato, New Zealand. The cycleway is to be officially opened on Saturday the 16th of October 2010.
Map: updated 19/3/2011
This photograph: this evening 17:44 28/8/2010
Our portion of the national cycleway-walkway (the westerly end beginning at the intersection of Carlyle Street where Browning Street becomes Maungatautari Road – here in Leamington; which I assume will ultimately become part of Te Araroa – although I’m a tad uncertain as to how – and when – this jigsaw fits together) is under construction as we speak. Obviously a useful edition to the local infrastructure for the World Rowing Championships in sixty days time. Some 6km in length, give or take, and running alongside Maungatautari Road (and the Waikato River – a paddock or so to the north) through that area known as Pukekura to Judd Lane at Lake Karapiro. The part at the Karapiro Hydro dam end being the interesting bit – a boardwalk arrangement below the place called Crows Nest (Redoubt) or Te Tiki o te Ihingarangi just as you drop down to the dam.
This photograph: 14:25 26/8/2010
P.S. Have just discovered another name: It will eventually form part of “Te Awa – the Great New Zealand River Ride”, stretching from Ngaruawahia to Horahora. Not sure who is being quoted there? Do I need to add here that the Waikato River – which in it’s 425 kilometre entirety takes a roughly northwestern course – meanders from Horohoro through Cambridge to Mystery Creek in a more distinctly east west trajectory.