Hauraki Rail Trail

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Thames   Paeroa   —   Waihi   Te Aroha (2 days, 80km)

Welcome to the temporary home of the Hauraki Rail Trail website. Our site is currently undergoing a makeover to make it easier for you to enjoy your journey through our region even more pleasurable.

If you want to make a booking while this transition is taking place, please contact one of the providers below who will be more than happy to look after you.

Paeroa Information Centre Pae.info@xtra.co.nz
Waihi i-SITE ask@golddiscoverycentre.co.nz
Te Aroha i-SITE info@tearohanz.co.nz
Thames i-SITE thames.info@thecoromandel.com
Great Cycle Rides NZ www.haurakicycletrail.co.nz
Jolly bike hire contact@jollybikes.co.nz
Report a problem? ServiceRequest@hauraki-dc.govt.nz

Thanks to the Hauraki Rail Trail, the best way to experience the Hauraki/Coromandel District is on a bike.

Following the historic railway corridor, the Trail whistles through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi, steams from Paeroa to Te Aroha, chugs on up to Thames, and will soon make tracks from Kopu (near Thames) to Kaiaua and the Seabird Coast.

One of the easiest trails in the country to cycle, the Grade 1 Hauraki Rail Trail is regularly traversed by kids barely out of trainer wheels, as well as those who have been pedalling since the days of Penny Farthings. Located south of Auckland and north of Tauranga, it showcases some of the best scenery in New Zealand and gives cyclists plenty of reasons to stop and get off their bikes along the way.

Once the site of one of the country’s busiest gold strikes, the Karangahake Gorge is steeped in history and peppered with interesting relics and walks. Waihi shares its gold mining history having been home to gold miners from the 1800’s to today, with a modern gold mine still operating in the town. Thames and Te Aroha have seen their share of gold fever too, although Te Aroha is now better known for the healing properties of its mineral spas – a welcome relief for many Hauraki Rail Trail riders at the end of a hard day’s pedal.

Cyclists will also soon be able to explore the Seabird Coast. World renowned for its shore birds, home of the Miranda Hot Springs and (arguably) New Zealand’s best Fish and Chips, this highly scenic coastline is sure to become as popular as the rest of the Hauraki Rail Trail once the Kopu to Kaiaua leg is completed.

Be Prepared

Public toilets are available at regular intervals along the trail.

As with any outdoor adventure, check the weather before you go and carry some warm clothes - just in case.

REFRESHMENTS: You are never too far from a coffee while riding the Hauraki Rail Trail. You will find plenty of cafés and food shops at the towns of Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. There are also cafés at Waikino, Hikutaia, and Karangahake.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Generally good, except for parts of the Karangahake Gorge where reception is patchy.

Weather Info

The Coromandel enjoys some of New Zealand's best weather, making the Hauraki Rail Trail a good ride all-year-round.

Temperatures reach between 24-31 ̊ C in the summer months and average around 12-14 ̊ C in the middle of winter.

If you prefer to stay clean and dry, the best months to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail are from September to May.

Whatever the weather you’ll be able to either cool off at nearby Waihi Beach, or warm up at the famous Te Aroha Mineral Spas.

Trail Partner

Inspiration, News and Updates

Fancy cycling the greatest rides in the land as a job? That's exactly what trail designer and cartographer Gary Patterson accomplished over the past six months. Gary rode and mapped our 22 Great Rides to develop the first mobile app for the trails. The free app downloaded as 'Great Rides' from Apple's App Store ...


The New Zealand Cycle Trail now has its own Instagram account, aimed at getting the word (and images) out to a wider domestic and international audience. With our super-scenic landscapes, great attractions and captivating stories, we're excited to launch this highly visual social media platform. You can find the su...
TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Hauraki Rail Trail DATE: 12 April 2017 ADVISORY WARNING - Due to current weather events it is not advisable to ride the trail at this time. While a trail-wide closure is not imposed, public resources will be directed to supporting essential services in the District in the first instance....


TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Hauraki Rail Trail DATE: 15 March 2017 ISSUE: TRAIL OPEN - The Karangahake Gorge to Paeroa section has reopened. While the surface is yet to be re-metalled, there is a clear path through. There is another washout in this same section that also requires care due to deep ruts caused from o...


TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Hauraki Rail Trail DATE: 13 March 2017 ISSUE: PARTIAL TRAIL CLOSURE - The trail is closed from Paeroa (Te Moananui Flats Road) through to the Western Portal Bridge over Crown Hill Road due to a major slip and treefall. The team is working hard to have this cleared by the end of day but we wi...


Hauraki Rail Trail Management Opportunity The Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust is seeking an efficient, self-motivated person to manage the day to day operations of the Trust and develop and implement the strategic vision and plan for the Hauraki Rail Trail. This is a challenging but exciting opportunity for s...


John Tregidga
The Hauraki Rail Trail offers an outstanding cycling experience for locals and visitors alike. It will also boost economic development, tourism opportunities and employment in the Coromandel district. JOHN TREGIDGA – Mayor, Hauraki District Council