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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) 55km

Kaiaua to Thames is the  newest section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. This section is an easy ride which is mostly along the top of stop banks beside the Firth of Thames taking in the Kaiaua Shore Birds, (the Pūkorokoro/Miranda Shorebird Centre is well worth a visit), lush farm lands and wetlands with magnificent views to the Coromandel Ranges.

You will pass through the villages of Waitakaruru, Pipiroa and Kopu which all offer the chance to refresh over a cuppa and something yummy to eat. Thames is the perfect place for an overnight stop, with plenty of accommodation options and places to eat.

Please note:

  • Phone coverage is generally good on this section of the trail
  • Gun dogs are permitted on this section during the duck hunting season only.
  • All dogs are allowed between Kopu and Thames.

Highlights: Miranda Hot Springs, Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Southern Firth of Thames (Tikapa Moana) which is listed as a wetland of international importance, Kopu Bridge, Kaiaua fish and chip shop, Rangipo Museum and Pa site.

 

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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