The Hauraki Rail Trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer and is rich in pioneering history. Highlights include the stunning Karangahake Gorge, an historic gold mining town and luxurious mineral spas.
There are three distinct sections to the Hauraki Rail Trail. The trail from Thames to Paeroa and Paeroa to Te Aroha follows an historic railway formation that runs across lush green farmland. These sections are flat and very easy riding - and the raised platform provided by the old railway line offers riders great views across the Hauraki Plains and to the forested Kaimai Ranges.
The third section of trail runs from Paeroa, through the Karangahake Gorge, to Waikino Station. The trail through the gorge follows the Ohinemuri River and includes a number of interesting bridges and a long railway tunnel. Currently, on arrival at the café at Waikino Station, riders can either take the vintage train on to Waihi, or ride back the same way. Construction of the cycle trail all the way to Waihi is due for completion soon.
The Hauraki Rail Trail was created through a partnership between the Hauraki District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Department of Conservation and Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail project.