I have owned and operated the popular Oturehua Lodge situated 35kms to the west of Waipiata and also on the Rail Trail (click here for the Oturehua Lodge website). If riding the Trail then combine your stay at Waipiata Motel with the Oturehua Lodge and save $$$.
Both offer comfortable and quiet accommodation with private bathrooms and good food at the nearby Taverns at both places...
An easy days ride between both places and ideally located to stay an extra night to visit some of the historic and interesting places that are normally missed by most cyclists.
Whatever the time of year, its always a great area to visit, whether by bike or car, due to the forever changing seasons, winter can be cold, yet often calm and clear with picturesque snow-clad mountains, to hot dry and sometimes windy summers. Autumn and spring are quite different again.