The 160km Hauraki Rail Trail provides an unrivalled cycling experience for the whole family, showcasing some of the North Island's best scenery. As a Grade One (Easiest) trail, it’s suitable for all fitness levels and cycling abilities. Although the Trail can be enjoyed as manageable day sections, the trail lends itself to multi-day adventures.
With multiple access points from Kaiaua, Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha, Waikino, Karangahake Gorge, and Matamata, all options are within a two hour drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. With so much on offer, book in a few extra days either side of your ride for more adventures.
If you like getting out on the water, Waimarino Kayak Tours showcase some of the best waterways in the Bay of Plenty. Tours are available in Tauranga and Rotorua, with the most popular tour on the serene Lake McLaren. Here visitors experience an evening exploring one of the most enchanting glow worm canyons.
The name Waimarino comes from the Maori words ‘Wai’ meaning water or stream and ‘Marino’ meaning calm or still. With a passion for kayaking, the Waimarino team offer a variety of Tours, providing unique outdoor experiences that make the most of the stunning Bay of Plenty scenery.
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.
We can’t think of a better way to appreciate the beautiful scenery, birdlife and glow worms than from a seat in the Kanu. The tour takes place at Lake McLaren, an easy 25 minute drive from Tauranga.
Visitors hop in the Kanu at the lakes edge, and paddle through the calm waters towards the head of the lake. A narrow, high-sided canyon is the home to thousands of glow worms scattered like stars in the night’s sky.
You’ll learn about the life cycle and peculiarities of the glow worms from knowledgeable guides. The tour departs daily before sunset, making the most of the luminescent glow in full darkness. The 2 hour tour is suitable for children and infants, and no previous experience is required.
This action packed half day adventure is the perfect way to experience real Kiwi fun. Spend the morning or an afternoon on New Zealand’s biggest human catapult. Fly down the kayak slide, climb the outdoor rock wall, or just relax in a kayak.
Waimarino Adventure Park has many fun activities to entertain the young or old. If you’re tired just thinking about it, relax in the pool or under a ponga tree. The pass is valid for 4 hours and includes a wetsuit and return transport from the Port of Tauranga.
You can find more adventures to tack onto your ride here, from indulgent treats, indoor and outdoor adventures, activities for the whole family and more. Other attractions and activities which showcase the uniqueness of the area can be found in the See & Do section of the website.
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