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.
There are 1600 plus vehicles in the WRCH2010 Park & Ride Blue P1 Lamb Street car park at the Cambridge Polo grounds, on the Cambridge greenbelt, here in Leamington New Zealand at 2:45pm this afternoon the 5th of November 2010. We are looking directly towards Lake Karapiro from here – at a distance of approximately 6km as the crow flies. Beyond the cars – the buses lined up on Roto-o-rangi Road to carry folk to and return them from the venue.
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.