Hauraki Rail Trail

Hauraki Rail Trail



2 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

52 Cycling

6 Te Aroha



Mt Te Aroha from the Hauraki Rail Trail
Grade 1 trail can be enjoyed by all ages
Paeroa to te Aroha leg of the trail
Off for a soak in the hot pools!


The Hauraki Rail Trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering and cultural history.
One of the Great Rides under Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycleway Project, the Hauraki Rail Trail is a 2 or 3 day ride, making it an ideal weekend experience. The trail can be started
from Paeroa, Te Aroha, Thames or Waikino and also offers a range of shorter riding options.
Key Attractions include:
• Karangahake Gorge – Follow the trail beside the sparkling Ohinemuri River
or take the Windows Walk and explore the remains of old stamper batteries.
• Paeroa – Taste “Lemon & Paeroa” ice cream and take a photo with the famous L&P bottle.
• Te Aroha – Finish your ride with a luxurious soak in a private mineral spa or splash in the outdoor heated leisure pools.
• Thames – Discover the town’s gold mining and logging history or explore the pohutukawa coastline.
• Waihi – Walk the Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway and get up close and personal with the big boys toys of modern mining.
Getting Here:
The trail’s easy gradient and close proximity to Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga make it an easily accessible weekend activity for
couples, families and people of all ages and riding abilities. The
district offers a wide range of accommodation options from luxury through to budget as well as some great restaurants, cafes and small town country pubs.
Trail Partners:
This trail is a partnership between the Hauraki District Council, the Matamata- Piako District Council, Thames Coromandel District Council the Department of Conservation and Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
Grade 1: Easy | Duration: 3 days | Total Length: 77km
for accommodation, cycle hire
and transport


Feature Value Info


North IslandWaikatoTe Aroha


  • Cycling
  • Free





Jack Robinson's avatar

Jack Robinson


Ranking: 7/10

Lots of different tracks, the bits close to Karangahake Gorge are the best! The tunnel is worthwhile.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Mary Neustroski's avatar

Mary Neustroski

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Paeroa to Waikino Bike Trail. New bike/walking track recently opened by Hauraki District Council. Very popular. Wheelchair access in places.

Reviewed over 7 years ago