The varied Waikato Hauraki Rail Trail offers visitors a memorable journey across 197km of track comprising of 5 distinctive and manageable sections. The diverse trails are Grade 1 Easiest and offer rides for all abilities, interests and itineraries. If you’re hungry for adventure, and want to experience the wild and natural essence of the region, we’ve got you covered.
With it's wide, flat and smooth terrain for most of the way, the Hauraki Rail Trail is a safe and ideal place to test drive an E-Bike, or ride your own with confidence. With a little extra power to back you up, you can explore the trails with friends or keep up with the rest of the family. At or below 300 watts, an e-bike is considered a bicycle rather than a motorcycle. Whilst E-bikes aren’t cheap to buy, most bike hire or tour companies offer them so you can get a feel for it before investing in your own. We've put together a few facts and popular day rides suited to leisurely and gentle E-bike adventuring.
If you want to spoil yourself, or celebrate a special occasion there are a few ways to introduce a little bit of luxury to your Rail Trail experience. Whilst spectacular landscapes and towns are there for everyone to enjoy, you can introduce extra special activities, food and wine or luxurious accommodation to enrich your adventure. So if you’re looking for a little bit of luxury when you book your Rail Trail adventure, here’s a few special places to stay, dine and experience to get you started.
The abundance of history surrounding the Hauraki Rail Trail is there for everyone to enjoy along this unique Trail. From heritage towns and buildings, Captain Cook’s landing, concrete cyanide tank remains, the 1100-metre long railway tunnel, a vintage Railway, to the modern day working Martha Mine. We’ve put together a list of historical highlights, so whether you’re intending to ride the entire Trail across 4-5 days, or choose a Section to enjoy across a day, there’s plenty to see and learn about for history buffs and lovers of yesteryear.
The Hauraki Rail Trail is an ideal destination for a family friendly holiday. Quality surfaces, steady gradients, and off road trails away from traffic, offer multiple benefits. There's also a range of activities, sights, and points of interest along the trail, with support available for bike hire, accommodation and transport. To help kickstart your adventure, we've put together a handful of options for accommodation, dining and activities. With a little research and careful planning, hopefully you’ll be cultivating a lifelong love of cycling in your kids.
Hauraki Rail Trail in the North Island showcases some of the region's best scenery. There’s a variety of detours to be had off the bike too, with walking, arts, culture, local hospitality and a wealth of attractions to add to the fun. One such feature is the growing addition of Art installations along the Trail. Riders can enjoy these works from the towns of Thames and Te Aroha.
New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, and with options for every budget there’s no need to break the bank. Whatever your budget there are options to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail depending on the kind of experience you’re seeking. If your perfect adventure needs to be thrifty, we’ve put together a few places to stay and things to enjoy which won’t blow the budget.
Adventuring with friends and family is hard to beat. There is much to be said however for hitting the trails by yourself. Just you, your bike, your thoughts and fresh air, and utterly in keeping with physical distancing. So next time there’s an opportunity to ride, seize the day. Converse with yourself, bike your favourite trail, lunch at your desired cafe, and head home when you’re good and ready. If you need convincing…here’s our 10 reasons to fly solo.
For many of us cycling is a way of life. It’s something we love to do, and want to be good at. As with any physical activity however there’s bound to be ups and downs, sometimes with our motivation lurking or absent. The good news is it happens to us all, and there are many ways to find your biking mojo - especially after lockdown.
We are in this together has become a familiar term as we all self-isolate at home in our bubbles. Some of us under each other’s feet in large families, whilst others rattle around the house alone with or without the dog. The key to this long road, is to work out how we’re going to look after our own wellbeing, our whānau, and our community as we get through this together. We've put together some tips to help protect yourself and others, along with a handful fun bike related activities to do from the safety of your home.
Recently retired Glen Goodnough and Pam Griffen from Maine USA, are cycling New Zealand following the Tour Aotearoa Route. Their first night on the Hauraki Rail Trail which is part of the TA route would be the Miranda Holiday Park at the northern end of the trail. Less than 10kms into their ride, their all essential bag of tent pegs and poles jettisoned off the back of a bike. We caught up with Pam and Glen to hear all about their adventure (and adversity) on the Rail Trail.
The laid-back Hauraki Rail Trail is a Great Ride for all ages. With its gentle terrain and abundance of accommodation, cafes and restaurants, it’s one of the easiest and most satisfying trails in the North Island. The Trail is ideal for families looking for a manageable adventure, retired people, school groups, social clubs, to celebrate special occasions, and overseas visitors looking to experience the best of New Zealand. If you’re looking to ride the Trail, we've put together a basic guide to get you started.
The Hauraki Rail Trail is a buzz with excitement as construction nears completion on the new extension from Te Aroha to Matamata. Matamata offers a range of walking options, golf courses, and an extensive selection of Cafés and Accommodation, making it a great place to unwind after riding the Trail.
Many of us live close to a handful of great trails to enjoy in our downtime. There are only a handful however who are lucky enough not just to have the Rail Trail on their doorstep, but who use and enjoy it for work every day.
Located in Paeroa, the Best Little Town in the North Island of New Zealand, Hauraki Bike Hire is locally owned and operated by Michael Tansey. With an intimate knowledge of the region, there’s no one better to tell a few stories about the Rail Trail. We caught up with Mike to hear about his sister’s visit from Ireland, how he likes nothing more than the solitude of open spaces, and he offers a few tips on slowing down to smell the roses.
People often ask what makes the Hauraki Rail Trail special, and it would have to be it’s versatility at the top of a long list. With multiple access points from townships along the Trail, there are many groups who gather to make the most of the tranquility, variety and fun on offer. One such group is the Pokeno Tramping Group who organise walks in the Hunuas, Coromandel, Northern Kaimais, Waikato and Franklin regions.
Riding together as a family is a great way to get children active, and away from devices and screen time. It’s a social sport they will enjoy throughout their life, and encourages quality family time in the great outdoors. When we exercise, the food we put into our bodies needs to support the activity. Without fuelling up properly, we might notice we have less endurance, and feel tired or perhaps even a little bit dizzy.
New Zealand is a great destination for active cycling or mountain biking breaks, with accessible riding trails and tracks near most cities and towns. You’re guaranteed a cycling holiday to remember, with beautiful landscapes found around each bend. We caught up with Gary Patterson of the Great Rides APP to discover what he loves most about the Hauraki Rail Trail. If you want to follow in Gary’s footsteps, we’ve put together two easy rides for you to enjoy on Section C of the Rail Trail.
Regardless of age, fitness level, or the list of aches and pains, you can enjoy the fun, adventure, and health benefits of biking. Cycling is one of the best exercises for ageing bodies, as it helps you work your cardiovascular system and keep your heart healthy. Whether you haven’t ridden for years, or want to ride more regularly to get a little fitter, here’s a few tips to get started.
Renowned for being the toughest one-day race in the Southern Hemisphere, the K2 Cycle Race is one of New Zealand’s most popular races on the calendar. It’s a Bucket List experience, and a perfect opportunity to explore the Coromandel region, and then slow the pace down with a leisurely ride on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Whilst the Hauraki Rail Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides, there are plenty of people who enjoy the Trail on foot. One such regular visitor is Claire Whittle, who trains on the Rail Trail. We caught up with Claire to find out why the Rail Trail is such a great place to train. Why her favourite section was also once the scariest, and her top tip for enjoying the Trail at its most tranquil.
When you ride with children, it’s time together, new experiences, challenges, fostering independence and building confidence. Introducing kids to an established and easy ride like the Hauraki Rail Trail comes with multiple benefits. We've put together a few top tips to help you plan a smooth and fun family adventure.
The 160km Hauraki Rail Trail provides an unrivalled cycling experience for the whole family, within a two hour drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. If you like getting out on the water, Waimarino Kayak Tours showcase some of the best waterways in the Bay of Plenty. If you’re tempted to dip a toe in the water, or are a seasoned waterman, we’ve selected our two favourite tours for you to include a paddle with your pedal.
Dewi is Welsh, and a craftsman. Jen a local Kiwi, and host of the housewithnonails Boutique Bed & Breakfast. This unique, handcrafted, rustic, eco friendly homestead graces the horizon along the new Te Arohoa to Matamata section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. A unique home full of character and personality, and a pure reflection of hosts Jen and Dewi, and their burgeoning efforts to share their space with strangers who depart as friends.
We caught up with Emma Walters, owner of The Falls Retreat to discover what she loves most about the Hauraki Rail Trail. Why her favourite section is all about the ice cream, and a top tip for parents considering an adventure with kids in tow.
With so much on offer when you ride the Hauraki Rail Trail, book in a few extra days either side of your ride and linger longer. If you’re keen for more adventures, swap biking for hiking and stretch your legs with one of the many excellent walks both on and around the Trail.
For men and women there’s plenty of health benefits associated with cycling. However, studies show that physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women. Cycling regularly is a fun and simple way to incorporate physical exercise into your life, and is a great way to keep your sanity in check, stay focused and grow stronger. We've put together a pampering intinerary and 7 reasons why seeing the world from behind handlebars can do your mind, body and soul the world of good.
Electric Bikes otherwise known as E-Bikes are rapidly growing in popularity. Now cyclists can reap the many benefits they offer, with the bikes readily available to hire. We've put together a few facts and benefits, together with a handful of popular day rides suited to leisurely E-Bike adventuring.
The Hauraki Rail Trail provides a perfect opportunity for an easy cycling break. With the trail easily accessible and with support options available, you’re guaranteed a relaxed cycling holiday. There are plenty of cool detours to be had off the bike too, with walking, arts, culture, local hospitality and a wealth of attractions to add to the fun. We've put together our Top 10 List of things to do both on and off the Trail.
Riding a bike offers learning in disguise. It provides an opportunity to experience new things, build skills, share knowledge, tell stories, adventure and make positive transport choices. Introducing kids to an established and easy ride like the Hauraki Rail Trail comes with multiple benefits. We’ve put together a few ideas to help engage young children, so you can encourage them to cycle with you more often, and further.
Winter is a great time for adventuring on and around the Hauraki Rail Trail. It can be wished away, or used well. So rather than lose your biking mojo, combine one section of Trail with a local activity and feel a little smug. We’ve put together 5 Winter Adventures to tack onto your ride.
With Winter just around the corner, our motivation might be lurking beneath a warm blanket by the fire. It’s a time of year most of us need a little persuasion to notch up an adventure or two over the chilly months. There are however plenty of reasons not to put your bike out to pasture over winter.
Goldfields Railway Incorporated was established in 1980 to preserve the rail heritage of the local area. The Society now operates the popular tourist railway between Waihi and Waikino, catering for history buffs, railway enthusiasts and visitors to the Hauraki Rail Trail. With its fabulous scenery, and historical mining sites, it’s a Must Do when riding the Rail Trail.
As the memories of a long, hot Summer fade, it’s time to prepare for the cold of Winter looming on the horizon. Winter cycling can cause extra wear to your bike. We’ve put together a few simple checks to keep your bike in tip top condition.
Concrete cyanide tank stands reminiscent of ancient ruins are among the remains of the Victoria Battery at Waikino. Constructed on the south bank of the Ohinemuri River, it’s easily accessible from the Hauraki Rail Trail. The site got its name from the Victoria Rock, located between Waihi and Waikino, which resembles the profile of Queen Victoria.
The beauty of a day ride is you can travel light, but it’s still worth carrying all the essentials, some of which can be shared amongst your group. Packing the right gear, snacks, and tools can be the difference between a fun day out on the trails and a long walk back to the car.
Whilst most of us enjoy some alone time on our bike, riding with others comes with a handful of benefits. With winter around the corner it provides much needed motivation on a cold morning, knowing your friends are waiting shivering at the start of a trail.
Adventuring has become incredibly easy with smart phones, the internet, google maps, and APPs. New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, with accessible riding trails and tracks near most cities and towns. You’re guaranteed a cycling holiday to remember, with beautiful landscapes found around each bend.
With Easter just a few weeks away, it offers a perfect long weekend of biking adventures and delicious chocolate of course. We all love holidays, and if you’re partial to a sneaky egg or two, be sure to include something chocolatey in your backpack.
Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bike-packing trips. Stretching 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.
Autumn is one of the best seasons to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail. Busy Summer crowds are long gone, and the weather gloriously settled. Just pack a merino and rain jacket, and you might have the trail to yourself.
Biking across New Zealand’s countryside provides an unrivalled travel experience. Mostly off-road, the Hauraki Rail Trail traverses a remarkable range of landscapes. Although the Trail can be enjoyed as manageable day sections, this versatile trail lends itself to multi-day adventures.
Cycling encourages us to put the brakes on the pace, visit iconic attractions, and discover hidden gems often missed by car. Whatever your age, skills or fitness, everyone can enjoy the fun, adventure, and health benefits of biking. Whether you’re a rusty rider, don’t own a bike, or want to ride more often, you can get out on the trails.