THE BRIEFING is a space for people in the Waihi area, and visitors, to find out what's going on locally in the world of outdoor activity and adventure sport.


The number of multisporters, triathletes, runners, cyclists and mountain bikers in our area is growing rapidly on the back of our annual Nugget MultiSport Festival, the Xterra Trail Run in the Karangahake Gorge and the Trail Trilogy on the Hauraki Rail Trail.


The infrastructure is growing all the time as well; the award winning Pit Rim Walkway provides an easily accessible off road track for walkers, runners and bikers and more and more people are getting a wee bit more adventurous and heading out to the Black Hill MTB Trails for a slightly more challenging and remote experience. The Hauraki Rail Trail is hugely popular with families, with the section between Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge in particular providing an easily accessible and great family experience. It's possible to cycle from Waikino to Karangahake, then through to Paeroa where you can choose to bike north to Thames, and on to Kaiaua or south to Te Aroha. Bikes are available to hire from Waihi Sports and Cycles (07 863 8418) and the Waihi i-SITE (07 863 9015).


Once these tracks are conquered the next running or hiking challenge is to step up to the Homunga Track or the plethora of first-class trails accessed from the Karangahake Gorge, Dickey's Flat or the Waitawheta Valley from the end of Franklin Road.


If kayaking's your thing, there are lots of choices around the Ohinemuri River, Waihou River and the northern Tauranga Harbour from Anzac Bay, Pios Beach or Tanners Point.


And then of course there are many kilometers of quiet country roads to cycle, that vary from easy and flat to reasonably challenging.

We really are spoiled for choice.