Kaiaua to Thames
Distance: 55km (5-6 hours)
Trail Status: Notification
Fitness: All Levels
Skill: All Levels
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Starting from the seaside village of Kaiaua in the North, the trail winds around the edge of the shallow Firth of Thames, over chenier shell banks and through wetlands of international significance.
At the Pūkorokoro–Miranda Shorebird Centre you can learn about the area’s precious birdlife and incredible feats of the Godwits annual migration. Bird-hides offer the chance to view the shorebirds up close, and identify the various migratory species.
From Miranda Holiday Park and Hot Pools, the trail skirts around the Firth, following stop banks for much of the way. Expansive views of coastal wetlands, verdant farmland, and the volcanic Coromandel Ranges provide a dramatic backdrop. Refreshments are available in the villages of Waitakaruru, Pipiroa, Kopu and Thames.
From the Kopu Bridge the trail turns north to reach Thames. Built on the pioneering industries of gold mining and kauri logging, it’s full of character with plenty of dining and accommodation options. As you approach the town centre, stop and enjoy the many sculptures along the community’s Arts Trail.
- Phone coverage is generally good.
- Gun dogs are permitted on this section during the duck hunting season only.
- All dogs are allowed between Kopu and Thames.
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- Experience and learn about precious birdlife along The Shorebird Coast
- Expansive rural tranquility and landscapes
- Historic Kopu Bridge and the Waihou River
Kaiaua to Thames
Miranda Homestead B&B
Nestled in the countryside, Miranda Homestead is the perfect place to relax after a full day ride.
Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast
Come and stay in the historic Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast in Thames.
Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre
Comfortable and inexpensive accommodation at the Shorebird Centre adjacent to the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Dickson Kiwi Holiday Park
The Friendly Place to Stay!
Tuscany on Thames Motel
From $159 per night
Tuscany On Thames is a well equipped Motel close to everything in Thames.
Rolleston Motel - Thames
From $138 per night
The Rolleston Motel is the top ranked Motel in Thames on Tripadvisor.
Miranda Holiday Park
From $27 to $190 per night
Miranda Holiday Park offers a choice of first class self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets.
Dine & Drink
Kaiaua to Thames
Miranda Farm Shop, Café and Gallery
We are a small café and farm shop located at the bottom of the Firth of Thames looking out at the Coromandel Peninsula. When you visit, factor a little extra time to enjoy regular Gallery exhibitions of New Zealand print makers, painters, ceramicists and sculptors.
Burton’s on Pollen Lunch Bar
Burton’s on Pollen Lunch Bar is a Daughter’n’Law and Mother’n’Law team, bringing you a delicious selection of food and beverages.
Gastronomics Restaurant Café & Bar
The popular Gastronomics Restaurant Café & Bar in the heart of Thames is open 7 days a week
The Wharf - Thames
A great Café, Coffee House & Bar and Fisheries located on the historical Shortland Wharf...
Kaiaua Fisheries (Fish n Chips)
Located at the northern end of the Hauraki Rail Trail on the shorebird coast...
The perfect refuel stop, with a wide range of cabinet foods and all day menus.
Bugger Cafe - Pipiroa
Dont miss out on the Bugger Cafe, for delicious food and awesome service from friendly staff.