Monthly Archives: June 2022

Great Rides

Posted by Katie Pinfold at Thursday, June 16, 2022

A few weekends ago a friend and I decided to go up north, hire a couple of e-bikes for two days and do the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

The trail goes from Opua on the East Coast and ends up at Horeke on the Hokianga Harbour in the West.

A number of our other friends had already done the ride and spoke highly of it.

The thing that impressed me, and impresses me every time I go for a ride like this are the number of small businesses that have sprung up to support the recreational biking community.

Whether it’s bike hire businesses, accommodation providers, restaurants or small cafes, it’s really great to see how small business can thrive, based on this NZ initiative known as “Great Rides”.

On the second day about 2 hours into that days ride, we came down a steep hill to the flats below and there not far from a bubbling stream and beside the track stood a small cabin. Inside the cabin was a farmer serving coffee and homemade muffins and scones. This really was “way out in the sticks” and proved a must stop for many!

No, these are not large businesses, but I love seeing this wonderful entrepreneurial spirit. It’s great!