Cycling and Mountain Biking
Highgate B&B is quite handy to most of the cycling events held in this district. We have a garage in which to safely store the bikes and plenty of hills for training!
Nestled in the foothills of Mt Pirongia, the Sainsbury Road Forest Trails are part of the Waipa Mountain Bike Club’s network of mountain biking trails. Around 8 kilometres of off-road trails wind through the Sainsbury road forest west of the township of Pirongia.
21km, 18min drive
New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.
New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture and pastoral farming; National Fieldays is the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge agricultural technology and innovation. With over 1000 exhibitors, National Fieldays is essential in keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the agriculture and farming industries.
National Fieldays is held over four days each June attracting in excess of 125,000 visitors from around New Zealand and internationally from 38 different countries. The current exhibition and demonstration space is over 88 hectares and boasts over 1,000 exhibitors on 1400 sites.
The very picturesque Pirongia 18 hole golf course is at the bottom of our road (2mins).
There are a further 10 golf courses within 40min drive from Highgate Bed and Breakfast Pirongia.
Lake Karapiro Rowing
Highgate is a 30min drive from Cambridge, or 33min direct to Lake Karapiro.
Karapiro Rowing Inc. operate the rowing course at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand. We host about 8 rowing regattas each year as well as provide course facilities for Rowing New Zealand.
We are within easy reach of many 'tourist attractions'...
Such as the black sands of the wild west coast, the glow worm caves of Waitomo, rock climbing at Wharepapa, a day visit to the bubbling mud of Rotorua, the Maungatautari Native Bird sanctuary and more.
There are many kms of well mapped tracks around Mt Pirongia alone ranging from easy to difficult with a hut at the summit in which one can stay and explore more.
Drop off and pick up to and from the tracks on Mt Pirongia available from Highgate for a small fee if using my car.
43km, 37min drive
World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.
The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Discover magical glowworms by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves .
Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave ; see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations. For NZ rafting adventure, get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co .