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 197km Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest and most scenic cycle trails in New Zealand. Comprising of 5 sections, the varied Trail allows for a comfortable 4 to 5 mulit-day ride, or it can be ridden in manageable sections each day.
Riders experience quaint historic towns, lush farmlands, and a historic railway corridor through the Karangahake Gorge. The Trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the expansive Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farmlands, 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 its majestic views and fascinating gold mining history. Taking a leisurely ride from Waikino to Waihi on the Goldfields Railway vintage train is a memorable way to finish the ride on this section. Time your ride to coincide with its timetable for a special experience.
The Hauraki Rail Trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Kaiaua to Thames, Thames to Paeroa, Waihi to Te Aroha, and Te Aroha to Matamata. An abundance of activities and attractions both on and off the Trail provide the opportunity to explore the region further.
Officially starting from Kaiaua in the North, the start of the trail traces the Shorebird Coast along the Firth of Thames. Riders enjoy contrasting landscapes from the verdant Hauraki Plains, to the intriguing Karangahake Gorge, carved by the forces of nature. Finally, there’s a gentle ride South through lush farmlands to the hometown of the Hobbiton Movie Set.
With its flat terrain and abundance of accommodation, cafes and restaurants, it’s one of the most satisfying trails in the North Island. Bike hire, shuttle and transport options make this an easy holiday for family or friends. You'll find all the available services from operators based on and around the trail on our website, with Thames, Waihi and Paeroa the major hubs.