Welcome to the official website of New Zealand's Hauraki Rail Trail
IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT 13 APRIL 2018:
The Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust welcomes today's announcement of the New Zealand Government's 3.4 million co-funding to complete the Hauraki Rail Trail. The government would match Matamata-Piako and Hauraki District Councils’ contribution towards two new sections of the trail by providing $3.4 million from the Great Ride Enhancement and Extension Fund. The total project cost is $6.8 million. The two new legs are a 38.5 kilometre extension from Te Aroha to Matamata and a 9.5 kilometre extension of the trail from Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames, plus car-parking and trail user amenities at Kaiaua. This will complete the original concept of a trail running through the three districts.
The project dovetails into the government’s commitment to support regions in developing sustainable solutions for economic development.
The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest trails in the country to cycle, with the 173km 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”,
- a historic gold mining town,
- 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 has a ride for you!
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.