Section D:
Paeroa to Te Aroha


Distance: 23 kms (2-3 hours)

Trail Status: Notification

22 November 2021: Contractors are back along the Trail close to Stirling street today and for the rest of the week, to repair one of the columns supporting the pipe that conveys all the Te Aroha sewer to the treatment plant. Foot and cycle traffic can still get through and will be monitored by the contractors. We ask all Trail users to please take extra care. Thank you.

Fitness: All Levels

Skill: All Levels

Traffic: Light to Moderate

Grade: 1


Whether your day departs from Waihi, Waikino, Karangahake or Paeroa, it’s an easy journey down to the township of Te Aroha.  Heading south, this leisurely section passes through lush Waikato farmland dotted with dairy cows and farm animals.  The Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and Mt Te Aroha (952m The Mountain of Love), and expansive views over the Hauraki Plains are a feast for the eyes.

Te Aroha is a small and rural town with a variety of accommodation options.  It has a lovely town domain, and is home to some great walkways, quirky art and cafes.  Look out for Adrian Worsley’s Bike Rack sculptures which combine functionality with art, and can be found prominently displayed in Te Aroha’s main street. 

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 day’s riding.  Fun in the heated pools for the kids is guaranteed.  Hire the BBQ, relax and unwind, it’s a great place to end the day.

Take some extra time to enjoy Adventure Te Aroha's river Kayak Tours.  This tour provides the perfect half-day excursion from the Hauraki Rail Trail.  From its source at the Blue Springs, the Te Waihou winds its way gently northwards.  A variety of different tours are offered, and Custom Tours can be tailored to suit needs on request, but must be booked in advance. 

Please note:

  • Mobile phone coverage is good.
  • Dogs are not permitted on this section of the Rail Trail except where the trail intersects the urban areas of Paeroa and Te Aroha.

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Highlights include:

  • A leisurely ride through serene country landscapes beside the Kaimai Ranges
  • Views up to Mt Te Aroha
  • An ideal family ride with farm animals to see along the way
  • The Te Aroha Mineral Spas are the perfect way to soothe tired muscles and unwind after a days riding
  • Take time to relax in the mineral spas at Te Aroha.
  • Kayak on the Waihou River
  • Take a Guided tour of the nearby Wairongomai Valley

Accommodation
Paeroa to Te Aroha


Aroha Mountain Lodge

Aroha Mountain Lodge

From $135 per night

Nestled at the foot of Mount Te Aroha, and close to the many attractions of the area.

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Pedlars Motel - Paeroa

Pedlars Motel - Paeroa

From $139 per night

Pedlars Motel is situated right on the edge of the Hauraki Rail Trail in the heart of Paeroa.

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Modern Townhouse Te Aroha

Modern Townhouse Te Aroha

A modern new townhouse just metres from the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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BnB On Station Paeroa

BnB On Station Paeroa

Centrally located in Paeroa the hub of the Hauraki Rail Trail, just a 2-3 minute bike ride away offering access to three different sections of the Trail to Waihi, Thames & Te Aroha.

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Te Aroha Motel

Te Aroha Motel

The Hauraki Rail Trail is right at our door, so convenient and cyclist friendly!

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Casa Mexicana - Paeroa

Casa Mexicana - Paeroa

Paeroa Motel Casa Mexicana is located on the main road into Paeora, with all you need in short walking distance.

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The Refinery - Paeroa

The Refinery - Paeroa

From $99

Charming self-contained accommodation set in the grounds of the historic Gold Refinery building.

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The Nunnery - Te Aroha

The Nunnery - Te Aroha

Welcome to the accommodation option with a difference in historic Te Aroha.

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Paeroa Motel

Paeroa Motel

Off Peak rates available

Conveniently situated on the northern end of Paeroa, we are the ‘Park & Ride” of the Rail Trail. 

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Racecourse Motel - Paeroa

Racecourse Motel - Paeroa

Just a five minute ride from the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Te Aroha Holiday Park

Te Aroha Holiday Park

The Te Aroha Holiday Park is a unique country camping experience in one of New Zealand’s few remaining traditional holiday parks in the Waikato.

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Dine & Drink
Paeroa to Te Aroha


Ironique Café & Bar

Ironique Café & Bar

Ironique Café & Bar offer true Kiwi hospitatlity and are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant

The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant

The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant in the heart of Te Aroha township

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One3One Restaurant Cafe & Bar

One3One Restaurant Cafe & Bar

Offering great all day dining just off the Hauraki Rail Trail in Paeroa

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Courtyard Cafe - Paeroa

Courtyard Cafe - Paeroa

A great little Cafe on the outside but a spacious courtyard for dining within... 

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Subway Paeroa

Subway Paeroa

A locally owned Subway just metres from the Hauraki Rail Trail in Paeroa..

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L&P Cafe, Bar and Brasserie

L&P Cafe, Bar and Brasserie

Make the L&P Café and Bar your Paeroa pitstop with an all day menu and refreshments.

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The Old Forge Kitchen

The Old Forge Kitchen

An exciting new cafe, deli, kitchen and catering business, located in right on the trail at West Te Aroha.

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The Refinery - Paeroa

The Refinery - Paeroa

Great Food and Great entertainment.  Paeroa's best hidden secret!

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See & Do
Paeroa to Te Aroha


Paeroa Information Hub

Paeroa Information Hub

They do it all at the Hub! Centrally located on the Rail Trail for all your cycling and accommodation needs.

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Historical Maritime Park

Historical Maritime Park

Adults from $8.00

Enjoy the park, jump on a boat and cruise the river to Paeroa

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Adventure Te Aroha

Adventure Te Aroha

Enjoy some time kayaking the river, the perfect half day excursion from the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Swim Zone Te Aroha

Swim Zone Te Aroha

Set in a natural bush setting, Swim Zone heated pools and outdoor spa provide the perfect place to play.

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Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Relax in your own private mineral spa. Soak in the natural mineral waters that flow from the majestic Mount Te Aroha.

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