Hauraki Rail Trail
Section B: Near Matatoki Cheese Factory:
Hauraki Rail Trail
Section C: Karangahake Gorge: Photo courtesy of Tourism New Zealand
Hauraki Rail Trail
Section C: Waihi: Photo courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

About the Hauraki Rail Trail

Formed along historic railway lines the Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest and most popular cycle trails in New Zealand. 

The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest and most scenic cycle trails in New Zealand, with the 160km trail made up of 5 sections allowing for a comfortable 3 to 4 day cycle ride or you have the option of attempting one section of the track at a time. It features tunnels (with 1 tunnel 1.1km) and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history.

A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”, with it's majestic views and fascinating gold mining history. Taking a leisurely ride from Waikino to Waihi on the vintage train is a nice way to finish the ride on this section.

The Hauraki Rail Trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Miranda to Thames, Thames to Paeroa and Waihi to Te Aroha. There are many activities and attractions along the way to make you want to stop and explore this area more, such as a historic gold mining town, the intriguing shorebirds and luxurious mineral spas. This region is rich in pioneering history from pre-European to gold mining eras making this trail one to remember. 

There are a number of cafe's and pubs close to the cycle trail to refuel the body, and many accommodation, bike hire and transfer options to make this an easy holiday for your family or friends. Explore our website or visit the local information centre to find out more.

Our Partners

The Hauraki Rail Trail's Official Partner Programme provides the opportunity for local Councils, iwis and businesses to work together. These partnerships increase the profile of the region, bringing multiple benefits and jobs to the community. 


Local Councils

Hauraki District Council
Thames Coromandel District Council
Matamata Piako District Council


Gold Sponsors