Welcome to the official website of New Zealand's Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest cycle trails in the country, with the 160km track made up of 5 sections. This allows for a range of scenic day rides to comfortable 3 to 4 day tour rides. As a Grade One cycle trail, the Hauraki Rail Trail is suitable for all fitness levels and cycling skills.
The Hauraki Rail Trail boasts some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer. Highlights include
- the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”,
- historic gold mining towns,
- the intriguing shorebirds,
- RAMSAR Wetlands of international significance, and
- luxurious mineral spas.
From the Shorebird Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history, the Hauraki Rail Trail is the perfect getaway for a relaxed 2-3 day break.
Located just 2 hours from New Zealand's largest City
The Hauraki Rail Trail is a short drive from Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino, and Matamata in the south. The temperate climate in this area provides a great all-year round riding experience.
There are a number of companies who offer bike hire, luggage transfer, shuttle bus services and accommodation making the Hauraki Rail Trail an easy holiday option.