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Distance : 186km (one way)

Travel Time : 2h 15min (without stops)
Road : Good Surface, Straight and sweeping corners

This is lovely day ride, from Auckland to Okororire Hot Springs Hotel on the outskirts of Tirau. Its a nice handy distance from Auckland on the motorway (186km) and around 2h 15min depending on traffic around Auckland. There is several route options to travel to Okoriore. The particular route shown in this article is a lovely open road ride for bikers and not the most commonly used route. The roads are sealed and a good surface. Okoroire is popular destination within the biking community as they cater for bikers regarding seating and parking. They also serve affordable pub style meals and lunches with the normal pub type beverages. Its is a beautiful destination located in the countryside with a fresh rural setting.

There are other places to visit on the route, The very popular Tirau is 5 minutes from Okoroire and Matamata is on Route. Both are mentioned at the bottom of the article.

Google Map of Route

Auckland to Ohinewai on State Highway 1 - 1 hour (85km)  Two lane motorway with delays along the route due to roadworks. Busy around Auckland.

Ohinewai to Tahuna on Tahuna Rd - 25min (34km) Single lane motorway with good roadsurface and curves perfect for cruiser bikes. Quieter road

Tahuna to Okoroire on State Highway 27 - 50min (67km) Single lane motorway with good surface and longer straights and broader curves. Can get busy at times.

 

 

Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel has the distinction of being one of New Zealands most historic hotels still in existence. The Hotel was operational in 1889. Tourists and travelers would arrive by train and coach from Auckland, relax for a few days and then continue onwards to Rotorua and Taupo. Today, the hotel is renowned as one of the prime examples of ‘Kiwiana’, symbolising a New Zealand tradition and style that is rapidly being swallowed and washed away by the onslaught of globalisation.

Okoroire as a meaning refers to the place of Koroire – an extinct duck which was once plentiful in the region according to Reeds dictionary of Maori place names. The Tirau post office was opened in 1881 and named Okoroiri. In 1884 it became Okoroire until 1890 when it became Oxford North and finally in 1895…. Tirau, which it remains now.

 

Tirau is now a well known tourist stop-off, and is characterised by many art works created out of corrugated iron. The church and many of the shops feature corrugated iron sculptures and two large buildings are completely made from this material; the information centre which is shaped like a giant dog, and the neighbouring sheep and ram building - earning Tirau the title of "Corrugated Capital of the World".

The Castle, a large toy museum on the town's southern limits which opened in 2000, can clearly be seen when heading towards the township from Rotorua or Taupo.

Matamata is a town in the shadow of the Kaimai Range Mountains, on New Zealand’s North Island. Southwest of town, the Hobbiton Movie Set was created for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films. To the northeast, a trail leads to Wairere Falls, with views over the Waikato Plains. The Firth Tower Museum has heritage buildings, including a school and a jail, that chronicle the region’s settler history.