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Epic Day

Epic Day-

Perhaps our little log cabin had cast a spell on us for everyone slept late and Mike spoiled us all with blueberry pancakes and free range organic eggs for brunch. We were absolutely thrilled with the sunshine outside (the forecast had been for 100% rain all day) and wanted to immediately take full advantage of the gift. A bike ride sounded enjoyable so we headed to the bike shop down the corner where we learned about “The Old Coach Road”. Over 100 years ago the railway from Wellington to Auckland stopped for a section in Ohakune. Apparently the Tongariro National Park was a difficult area to build a railway. While the railway was slowly being built the town created a cobblestone road to carry passengers in horse and carriage between the two railway sections. Eventually the railway was completed and the road abandoned. Within the last decade the locals began an effort to uncover the remains of the Old Coach Road and make it into a mountain biking path through the beautiful national park.

The Mountain Bike Shop would fit all of us with mountain bikes (except for Lily who would sit in an infant seat on Mikes bike) and drive us and the bikes to the top of the road and we could ride the 20 or so km back to the shop. This sounded lovely except that none of the younger kids had ever mountain biked or even ridden on dirt trails. Plus, a baby in a bike seat down a mountain bike trail?  Really?  I looked quizzically at Mike. “We’re doing it!”he announced. So off we went and what an amazing adventure it was!  

Daisie and Luke admittedly had a learning curve on the climbs and the single track, but they were fast learners. The national park was amazing and there were gorgeous vistas at every turn!  Epic day. Amazing trail. The fact that a good portion of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were filmed in this area was just icing on the cake for the kids.  

When we got back to Ohakune we found a bike track with some amazing jumps that the boys all had to try. Only one major wipeout before we road along the river back to the shop.  Awesome.

With the sun still shining we jumped in the car and headed for the hills for a few more waterfall views including another of Lord of the Rings fame. The perfect day was finished for the kids by a watching of the first Hobbit movie. 

There was an outdoor tub on the back patio where you could watch the sunset over the mountains. Beautiful.