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Our Top 10 Things To Do When Riding The Hauraki Rail Trail

The Hauraki Rail Trail provides a perfect opportunity for an easy cycling break.  With the Trail passing through lush farmland, wetlands, abandoned railways, and quiet country routes, riders can enjoy a variety of stunning backdrops.

The 197km Trail showcases some of the region's best scenery, and as a Grade One trail is suitable for all fitness levels and cycling abilities.  Although the Trail can be enjoyed in manageable day sections, this versatile trail lends itself to multi-day adventures.

With multiple access points from Kaiaua, Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha, Waikino, the Karangahake Gorge and Matamata, all options are within a two hour drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.  The Coromandel’s temperate climate also means the Trail can be ridden all year round.

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.


Here's Our Top 10 list of things to do both on and off the trail.

Te Aroha Hot Pools 

Nestled in the beautiful domain at the foot of Mount Te Aroha is the Te Aroha Mineral Spas.  Renowned for their healing properties since the 1800’s, it’s the perfect way to soothe tired muscles and unwind after a days riding.


Miranda Shorebird Centre 

The Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is a great escape from the city to encounter some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife.  Visitors can find information, birding tips, environmental education, accommodation and the most comprehensive natural history bookshop in New Zealand.


Matatoki Cheese Barn 

Love cheese? Matatoki is a must.  This cheese factory also has a licensed Cafe, cheese tastings, and a fabulous animal farm.  The family of alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, budgies, quails, canaries and Cookie the spotty sheep offer great entertainment for the whole family.


Antique hunting in Paeroa

If it's antiques you're after, this Waikato town is a treasure hunter's dream.  Whether you’re a collector or just enjoy fossicking for something a little different, the selection of stores won’t disappoint.


L&P Bottle Paeroa 

The giant 7 metre high 1.3 metre diameter structure stands pride of place in Paeroa.  The Lemon & Paeroa drink is found only in New Zealand and in specialty New Zealand stores overseas.  Stop for a fun photo and join the commemorations of enduring love for this iconic Kiwi drink.


Victoria Battery and Karangahake Gorge Tunnel

The dramatic Karangahake Gorge, its historic gold mining relics and the 1km long railway tunnel are not to be missed.  The fascinating sites of Victoria Battery and the Victoria Battery Train and Museum show the remains from what was once a vast industrial area. 


Windows Walk

The Windows Walk in the stunning Karangahake Gorge has unique framed views out onto mining heritage sites, and the stream below.  Along the track visitors observe relics of the many processes that took place in extracting gold.  From tunnels where rock was extracted, to roasting pits, and remnants of the huge stamper battery processing plant.  The walk is about an hour round trip.


Owharoa Falls 

The stunning staircase Owharoa Falls are nestled in the heart of the Karangahake Gorge.  The Falls make an ideal picnic spot while riding the Trail.  If it’s warm enough cool off with a swim in the crystal clear fresh water.  


Goldfields Railway 

The Goldfields Historic Railway operates a daily timetable between Waihi and Waikino.  Riders can take their bike on the steam engine for the 30 minute journey between stations.  Re-fuel at the Waikino Station Cafe and relax in the picturesque Waikino Gorge. 


Waihi Goldmine Tour   

Waihi Gold Mine Tours take you inside the fence to experience modern day gold mining up close.  Visitors are shown every stage of the process from ore extraction and crushing, through to final processing.  Rattle the drill, crank the handles and immerse yourself in interactive activities at the Waihi Gold Experience.


The Hauraki Rail Trail showcases the best of New Zealand’s landscape, environment, culture and heritage.  It’s well worth adding a few days either side of your ride to linger longer and explore the Coromandel region further.

Hauraki Rail Trail works closely with its Official Partners who provide a variety of services.  If you need help with bike hire, supported tours, shuttle services, luggage transfers, accommodation, cafes and restaurants, and things to see and do, you’ll find the support you need here.


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