Section A:
Kaiaua to Thames


Distance: 55km (5-6 hours)

Trail Status: Notification

01 June 2021: The section of trail between Waitakaruru and Pipiroa could be marginal for riding following heavy rain.  Maintenance work is often undertaken on this section of trail to maintain the trail surface and caution must be adhered to as there could be machinery working on the trail at any given time. The stop-bank base surface is predominantly marine clay that when wet, becomes soggy and sticky clogging bike tyres and wheels. We recommend you amend your plans after heavy rain and join us again when the weather improves.

01 June 2021:  The Trail between Pūkorokoro-Miranda and Kaiaua is rideable, however it is important to be mindful that this section has no signage and there may be physical construction at various points which means the trail can be hazardous to users. Please exercise caution and safety while enjoying this section of the Hauraki Rail Trail.  The new toilet facilities at the bird-hide are now open for use.  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.

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Highlights include:

  • Soothe tired muscles at the Miranda Hot Springs
  • 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.

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Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast

Lady Bowen Bed and Breakfast

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

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Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

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

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Dickson Kiwi Holiday Park

Dickson Kiwi Holiday Park

The Friendly Place to Stay!

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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. 

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Rolleston Motel - Thames

Rolleston Motel - Thames

From $138 per night

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

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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.

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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 artists and sculptors. 

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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.

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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

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The Wharf - Thames

The Wharf - Thames

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

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Kaiaua Fisheries (Fish n Chips)

Kaiaua Fisheries (Fish n Chips)

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

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Kopu Cafe

Kopu Cafe

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

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Bugger Cafe - Pipiroa

Bugger Cafe - Pipiroa

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

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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

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Pūkorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro-Miranda Shorebird Centre

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

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