Hauraki Rail Trail

RIDING THE TRAIL

The Hauraki Rail Trail is mostly Grade 1 (Easiest), which makes it suitable for riders of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. The trail is wide and smooth with mostly gentle gradients.

Thames to Paeroa – (Grade 1 Easiest) 34 km

Highlights: Matatoki Cheese Barn, Coach House Puriri Hotel, Convenient Cow Cafe, Paeroa’s Historical Maritime Park, antique shops, cafes and the world famous L&P bottle.

Starting from the Thames Wharf, where there is a café, takeaway shop and car park, this leg of the Trail chugs through farmland and quaint rural settlements to Paeroa. World famous in New Zealand for its Lemon and Paeroa soft drink, the town is also known for its antique shops. A short 1km link track (signposted) connects the main Trail to the Paeroa Historical Maritime Park, which is not only a treasure trove of the area’s river transport history, but also a great riverside picnic spot.

Paeroa to Waihi Station – (Grade 1 Easiest) 22km

Highlights: Karangahake Gorge, Bullswool Farm Park, Waikino Station Cafe, the Bistro at Falls Retreat, Ohinemuri Estate, Talisman Cafe, the Victoria Battery, Waihi Gold Discovery Centre, boutique shopping, cafes and current and historic mining.

This leg of the Trail follows the Ohinemuri River through Karangahake Gorge and on to Waihi. There are plenty of reasons to get off your bike along this section, so allow yourself plenty of time for the trip. If you run out of steam you can always catch the vintage Goldfields train for the last 8km of the journey from Waikino Station to Waihi. The train runs daily during summer and in the holidays and will transport bikes too. Check the timetable before you head off http://www.waihirail.co.nz/. Once you’ve made it to Waihi, it’s just a quick pedal to the top of town where you’ll find the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre and dump-truck loads of fascinating and interactive information about current and historic gold mining in Waihi.

Paeroa to Te Aroha Station – (Grade 1 Easiest) 21 km

Highlights: The Depot (Devonshire Tea and gardens), Te Aroha’s thermal and mineral springs, Te Aroha Mountain Bike Track and cafes.

Following the historic railway formation all the way to the old Te Aroha Station, this section of the trail winds through rural farmland. Like the rest of the Hauraki Rail Trail it’s mostly flat but the town sports a 10km purpose-built Mountain Bike Track, lacing the foothills of Mt Te Aroha, for the more adventurous.

Kopu (near Thames) to Kaiaua – (Grade 1 Easiest) 43km (Under Construction)

Highlights: Miranda Hot Springs, Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Kaiaua fish and chip shop, Rangipo Museum and Pa site.

Currently under construction, the majority of this section of the Trail follows the scenic Firth of Thames coastline from Kopu, near Thames, to Kaiaua. The final few kilometres of the route at the Kaiaua end will initially be on road reserve.

Trail Partner

Inspiration, News and Updates

Lindy Chinnery lives in Lawrence and is our most recent winner of two super Kennett Brothers books for completing a getSmart Survey for the Trails. Lindy is a real adventurer, having recently completed a 1700 km solo biking and camping trip through Canada and the West Coast of the USA. We asked Lindy to share som...

 

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If you’re keen to explore the idea of a manageable back-country ride, take a look at the super new Timber Trail website and learn a little more about one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike wilderness adventures. Since opening in 2013, the 84km Timber Trail through the Pureora Forest in the central North Island ...
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Bring your bike and your family, and get ready for a festival day of fun riding the newest section of the Hauraki Rail Trail from Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames. The big day is all set for the 9 September 2017 at Kopu Road, Kopu, with lots of activities for all age groups with plenty of prizes to be won on the day. ...

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Hauraki Rail Trail DATE: 16 August 2017 ISSUE:  WORK HAS STARTED ON PIPIROA REPAIRS The section of the Rail Trail directly east of the Pipiroa bridge has suffered substantial vehicle damage for 500 metres. Hauraki District Council will be repairing this section between 16-23 August if the...

 

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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....

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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