The Gold Discovery Trail

The Gold Discovery Trail

Stepping back in time has never been easier. Watch the gold heritage come to life with a fun interactive experience, take a nostalgic train ride, and ride through Karangahake Gorge with its historic mining relics, bush clad mountains and through the 1100m tunnel. A fun day out for the whole family.

Shuttle from the Paeroa Maritime Park to Waihi, a picturesque heritage town and New Zealand's 'Heart of Gold.’ Uncover and discover the area’s fascinating golden journey that spans three centuries as you rattle the drill, crank the handles and become immersed in interactive activities.  

Cycle to the impressive Waihi Station, the only ex-New Zealand Railway site that still contains its original buildings which are classified Category II by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Step back in time and take a ride on the Goldfields Railway, a working historic railway. The nostalgic 30-minute journey arrives in Waikino at the eastern end of the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. Re-fuel at the café, enjoying the quaint interior and homestyle dishes.

A short ride from Waikino, explore the concrete structures reminiscent of ancient ruins which are among the remains of the Victoria Battery, constructed in 1897 to crush ore from the Martha Mine.

Hop off the bike to discover the unique surroundings of the staircase Owharoa Falls, a series of three waterfalls. Pack a torch and marvel at the 1100m long tunnel which took five years to complete using picks and shovels. Refreshments and sweets await in what was once the National Bank Gold Refinery, as you ride back along the Ohinemuri River to Paeroa.


23.5km One Way

Grade 1 (Family Ride)

Ride time: 9.30am - 4.00pm - Saturday 6 April

Price: Adult $140.00 - Child $110.00

Ticket includes: 

  • One way shuttle
  • Attraction entry and train ticket
  • Lunch and beverage
  • Afternoon refreshments
  • Festival Hub 

Return to the Festival Hub for a chance to Win a West Coast Wilderness Trail Experience

End your ride at the Paeroa Maritime Park to enjoy the Festival Hub atmosphere and be in to win the Grand Prize - a West Coast Wilderness Trail Experience plus other giveaways at 6.00pm. Fuel up with delicious fare, grab a cold drink, listen to live music, kick back, and share the highlights of your Bike Fest experience with family and friends.

Victoria Battery