Section C:
Paeroa to Waihi


Distance: 24 kms (6 - 8 hours Return)

Trail Status: Notification

08 August 2022: The Trail is open and passable, however there are some minor slips along the Trail that have cones placed around them. Clean up crews are working on sections clearing debris, so extreme care is required if out on the Trail.

Fitness: All Levels

Skill: All Levels

Traffic: Light to Moderate

Grade: 1


The most popular section of the Rail Trail follows the Ohinemuri River through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge.  It’s worth taking extra time to explore this deep canyon cut through the Kaimai Ranges.  This distinctly different landscape includes the cascading Owharoa Falls, photogenic gold mining sites, the charmingly old-fashioned Victoria Battery Museum, and spooky Windows Walkway that burrows through a shadowy side-gorge.

The pièce de résistance is an amazing 1100-metre long railway tunnel, wobbled through with the aid of a torch or headlamp.  Waikino Station has a charming railway cafe.  Riders can take their bike on the vintage train for the 30-minute journey which runs between Waikino and Waihi.  Time your ride to coincide with its timetable for a special experience.

We recommend you catch the train to Waihi, and ride back to indulge or stay at Falls Retreat.  Get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in one of the quaint cottages, and enjoy award winning food with the Paddock to Plate experience.  There’s also lots of great cafes, and Karangahake Winery Estate is tucked into the hill-side with direct access from the Trail.

With its variety of accommodation, eateries and proximity to glorious beaches, Waihi is a great base for your Hauraki adventures.  This ‘Heart of Gold’ town still has the operational Martha Mine that can be visited on tours, plus the wonderfully interactive Museum known as the Gold Discovery Centre.

Please note:

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy for parts of the Karangahake Gorge.
  • Dogs on leads are permitted in the Karangahake Gorge section of the Rail Trail from Waikino Station to the old Karangahake Hall site at the northern end of the Rail Tunnel, and where the trail intersects the urban areas of Waihi and Paeroa only. 

 

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Highlights include:

  • Explore the dramatic bush clad Karangahake Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in the rich pioneering and mining history
  • Ride through the historic and spooky 1km railway tunnel and look for Glowworms
  • Explore one of New Zealand’s best short walks, the Windows Walk, and along the Ohinemuri River
  • Stop for a picnic at the beautiful cascade Owharoa Falls and cool off with a swim
  • Experience the Goldfields Railway and hop on the vintage train for a leisurely ride from Waihi to Waikino
  • Rattle the drill, crank the handles and enjoy the interactive activities at the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre, and take a Tour of the operational Martha Mine

Accommodation
Paeroa to Waihi


Trailblazer Studios - Waihi

Trailblazer Studios - Waihi

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Trailblazer Studios is a newly built, central accommodation located in the heart of Waihi.

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Traxx - Shunters Cottage

Traxx - Shunters Cottage

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Shunters Cottage is an original railway cottage that comfortably sleeps 2-6 adults, right on the doorstep of the Trail.

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Palm Motel Waihi

Palm Motel Waihi

Just 500m from the Hauraki Rail Trail with secure bike storage.  Relax after your ride with us.

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Pedlars Motel - Paeroa

Pedlars Motel - Paeroa

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

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Waihi Camp & Cabins

Waihi Camp & Cabins

Located just 5 minutes from Waihi town centre, set in a relaxing rural setting on the banks of the Waitete stream, Waihi Camp & Cabins offers plenty of space to walk and explore in a family-focused campground.

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Crown Ridge Miners Cottage

Crown Ridge Miners Cottage

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Crown Ridge Miners Cottage is nestled amongst bush in Karangahake Gorge with amazing views, and exuding history everywhere you look. Come and enjoy the ambience of a bygone era with a modern twist. If you are looking for peace, tranquillity and privacy look no further.

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The Cottage - Waikino

The Cottage - Waikino

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A recently renovated gold mining cottage nestled in the hills above the stunning Karangahake Gorge, at the base of the Coromandel.

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Goldmine Motel - Waihi

Goldmine Motel - Waihi

Located in a quiet off-road setting with easy access to the Hauraki Rail Trail..

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Waihi Beach Paradise Resort

Waihi Beach Paradise Resort

Located just across a quiet road and onto the beautiful 9km Waihi beach.

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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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The Refinery - Paeroa

The Refinery - Paeroa

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

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The Falls Retreat

The Falls Retreat

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Get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in one of the Falls Retreat's quaint cottages.

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Paeroa Motel

Paeroa Motel

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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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Dine & Drink
Paeroa to Waihi


Waikino Station Café

Waikino Station Café

Catch the Train, and enjoy a great selection of food and beverages at Waikino Station Cafe.

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Waihi Memorial RSA

Waihi Memorial RSA

Waihi Memorial RSA is located opposite Mitre 10 in Waihi township, and located just over 1km from the Hauraki Rail Trail terminus at the Goldfields Railway Station

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Banana Pepper Café

Banana Pepper Café

A great Café to stop and indulge when riding the Hauraki Rail Trail. Located in the centre of Waihi, there's plenty of delicious options to suit all tastes.

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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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Flatwhite - Waihi Beach

Flatwhite - Waihi Beach

A stunning beach front restaurant with great food.

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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 Falls Retreat

The Falls Retreat

The Falls retreat is a unique and special restaurant, function center and boutique accomodation.

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The Refinery - Paeroa

The Refinery - Paeroa

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

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Waikino Hotel

Waikino Hotel

Enjoy heart-warming hospitality at the Waikino Hotel Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Karangahake Gorge.

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See & Do
Paeroa to Waihi


Goldfields Railway - Waikino

Goldfields Railway - Waikino

Travel back in time and enjoy a ride on a heritage train with Goldfields Railway.  Journey between Waihi and Waikino at the eastern end of the spectacular Karangahake Gorge.

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Goldfields Railway - Waihi

Goldfields Railway - Waihi

Travel back in time and enjoy a ride on a heritage train with Goldfields Railway. 

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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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Victoria Battery

Victoria Battery

From $5.00

Step back in time with a visit to the Victoria Battery Tram and Museum.

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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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Waihi Gold Discovery Centre

Waihi Gold Discovery Centre

Rattle the drill, crank the handles, push the plunger and become immersed in interactive activities at the Waihi Gold Experience.

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Bullswool Farm Heritage Park

Bullswool Farm Heritage Park

Just a short drive from the Hauraki Rail Trail, Bullswool Farm Heritage Park has a diverse and interesting array of rare breed farm animals, several working farm museums, outdoor displays, and an award-winning Native Bird Reserve.

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Katikati Arts Junction and Information Centre

Katikati Arts Junction and Information Centre

Visit Katikati's home of the arts, and find information about all that Katikati has to offer.

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Western Bay Museum

Western Bay Museum

A small museum with a big heart and an even bigger story to tell

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Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

$3.00 to $5.00

Where the real gold lies...

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