Section C:
Paeroa to Waihi


PAEROA WEATHER

Distance: 24 kms (6 - 8 hours Return)

Trail Status: Notification

8 December 2023: The Department of Conservation are working on the Victoria Battery Road today. A Stop / Go is in place. Please make eye contact with the workers before proceeding through the site. Thank you.

8 December 2023: There are cones and netting to alert cyclist/pedestrians of the danger spots where flood water erosion has occurred. Please note in places the metal surface has washed away. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to take extreme care.

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.  There are a number of cottages to rent dotted around the Gorge and you'll find great food and award winning Gin at the Waikino Hotel. 

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.
  • Overflow parking is available at Cornes Paddock, County Road.
  • 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
  • Visit the Bullswool Farm Heritage Park for an authentic taste of Kiwi farm life, and one of New Zealand's most iconic rural experiences
  • 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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Shunters Cottage

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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The Barn – Waihi

The Barn – Waihi

Holiday Home Bed & Breakfast

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Orokawa Bay Retreat

Orokawa Bay Retreat

Orokawa Bay Retreat is a hilltop sanctuary with panoramic views across the ocean. The Retreat accommodates up to eight adults, and has four rooms, each with an ensuite.

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Paeroa RV Centre

Paeroa RV Centre

Located in Paeroa, the hub of the Hauraki Rail Trail, the quiet and spacious Paeroa RV Centre offers easy access to Sections B, C and D of the Trail.

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Motorhome Camping Options - Section C

Motorhome Camping Options - Section C

With more than a dozen motorhome camping options available across the Trail Network, there's every reason to visit the region and spend time exploring the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Hauraki Experience

Hauraki Experience

Hauraki Experience accommodation is a homely space, nestled on a lovely two-acre property on the sunny side of the Ohinemuri River. The artist-inspired home will set you at ease with its charm, and is the perfect environment to wind down and relax.

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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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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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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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Reconnect with food, nature and each other.

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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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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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Paeroa Café Bar & Restaurant

Paeroa Café Bar & Restaurant

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

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The Falls Retreat

The Falls Retreat

Reconnect with food, nature and each other at The Falls Retreat.

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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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The Falls Retreat

The Falls Retreat

Reconnect with food, nature and each other at The Falls Retreat!

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Buildlink Paeroa

Buildlink Paeroa

Your local 4th generation hardware, timber and building supplies store.
 

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Ajay’s Ford V8 Parts

Ajay’s Ford V8 Parts

Step back in time, evoke memories and get a fix of nostalgia when you visit our store, located in the old butter/dairy factory - a heritage listed building in Paeroa.

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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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