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The Hauraki Rail Trail

The Hauraki Rail Trail can be accessed from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, or Te Aroha, and the trail also offers a range of shorter riding options, including day rides. The trail can be ridden year-round.

Keen cyclists could very easily ride this trail in one day - if this is your approach, we recommend starting in Thames and riding through to Paeroa. This flat section through local farmland can be completed in under two hours - including a stop for coffee if you're so inclined. From Paeroa, the trail gradually climbs up the fantastic Karangahake Gorge to the old railway station in Waikino then onto Waihi.

Thames to Paeroa - 33 km

Thames to Paeroa follows the old rail route while enjoying the beauty of the Coromandel Range and visiting the ubiquitous L&P Bottle of Antique Town - Paeroa. This is a fairly flat section that passes through quiet countryside.

Paeroa to Waihi - 25 km

Paeroa to Waihi takes cyclists through the Karangahake Gorge to Waikino via a mixture of rail corridors and existing walkways. Riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge - one of the “14 Wonders of New Zealand” - is a major highlight. Cyclists enjoy breathtaking views, the opportunity for tramps and visiting historic gold mining attractions in Waikino. The cycle trail shares the walkway from Karangahake to Waikino along the tunnel route. A highlight of this section is the impressive 1.2 km tunnel. 

Paeroa to Te Aroha - 21 KM

The Hauraki Rail Trail is a Grade 1 ride - making it ideal for families and inexperienced cyclists. There are a variety of things to do and fantastic New Zealand scenery along the entirety of the trail.

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