Section A:
Kaiaua to Thames


Distance: 55km (5-6 hours)

Trail Status: Notification

27 July 2021: A section of trail south of Kaiaua has suffered damage due to the strong northerly winds and tidal surge at high tide. Extreme care is advised as cyclists will need to use the road to bypass the damaged section of trail. Cyclists are urged to report any trail damage or areas of risk by phoning the HDC 07 862 8609 or if within the District 0800 734 834.

27 July 2021:  The section of trail between Waitakaruru and Pipiroa is impassable after rain. We are continually being asked if it is still possible to ride this section, we strongly advise you not to, however the trail is rideable when the weather has been dry for a few days. We are working to find a temporary solution while the stopbanks are being upgraded over the next three years. Experienced riders may wish to use the road way, however the speed limit here is 100kph, and therefore great care must be taken if choosing this route.

Please be aware that parking is not available at the Miranda Holiday Park or Hot Springs unless you are staying at these facilities.  Parking is available at the Miranda bird-hide, 3kms north.

 

Fitness: All Levels

Skill: All Levels

Traffic: Light to Moderate

Grade: 1


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.

Please note:

  • 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.

Have you ridden the Trail recently? We need your feedback to help us secure future funding to take the Trail from Good to Great. Please take a few minutes to complete the Survey, and be in the draw to win a Kennett Brothers Cycle Trails Book.

 


  DOWNLOAD TRAIL MAP

Highlights include:

  • Experience and learn about precious birdlife along The Shorebird Coast
  • Expansive rural tranquility and landscapes
  • Historic Kopu Bridge and the Waihou River

Accommodation
Kaiaua to Thames


Miranda Homestead B&B

Miranda Homestead B&B

Nestled in the countryside, Miranda Homestead is the perfect place to relax after a full day ride.

FIND OUT MORE
Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast

Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast

Come and stay in the historic Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast in Thames.

FIND OUT MORE
Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Comfortable and inexpensive accommodation at the Shorebird Centre adjacent to the Hauraki Rail Trail.

FIND OUT MORE
Dickson Kiwi Holiday Park

Dickson Kiwi Holiday Park

The Friendly Place to Stay!

FIND OUT MORE
Tuscany on Thames Motel

Tuscany on Thames Motel

From $159 per night

Tuscany On Thames is a well equipped Motel close to everything in Thames. 

FIND OUT MORE
Rolleston Motel - Thames

Rolleston Motel - Thames

From $138 per night

The Rolleston Motel is the top ranked Motel in Thames on Tripadvisor.

FIND OUT MORE
Miranda Holiday Park

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.

FIND OUT MORE

Dine & Drink
Kaiaua to Thames


Miranda Farm Shop, Café and Gallery

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. 

FIND OUT MORE
Burton’s on Pollen Lunch Bar

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.

FIND OUT MORE
Gastronomics Restaurant Café & Bar

Gastronomics Restaurant Café & Bar

The popular Gastronomics Restaurant Café & Bar in the heart of Thames is open 7 days a week

FIND OUT MORE
The Wharf - Thames

The Wharf - Thames

A great Café, Coffee House & Bar and Fisheries located on the historical Shortland Wharf...

FIND OUT MORE
Kaiaua Fisheries (Fish n Chips)

Kaiaua Fisheries (Fish n Chips)

Located at the northern end of the Hauraki Rail Trail on the shorebird coast...

FIND OUT MORE
Kopu Cafe

Kopu Cafe

The perfect refuel stop, with a wide range of cabinet foods and all day menus. 

FIND OUT MORE
Bugger Cafe - Pipiroa

Bugger Cafe - Pipiroa

Dont miss out on the Bugger Cafe, for delicious food and awesome service from friendly staff.

FIND OUT MORE

See & Do
Kaiaua to Thames


Thames School of Mines

Thames School of Mines

Adults $10.00

See intriguing education buildings, classic gold rush machinery, and a vast collection of minerals

FIND OUT MORE
Pūkorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro-Miranda Shorebird center invites you to birdwatch in a fantastic coastal setting.

FIND OUT MORE