Section B:
Thames to Paeroa


Distance: 34 kms (3-4 hours)

Trail Status: Open

Fitness: All Levels

Skill: All Levels

Traffic: Light to Moderate

Grade: 1


This richly historic area was once only accessible via the two rivers, Waihou and Hikutaia. The section of trail begins at first following the old railway line out of Thames town and through lush farmland, with memorable views across the Hauraki Plains and forested Kaimai Ranges.

At the Matatoki Cheese Barn you’ll find a licensed Cafe, cheese tastings, and fabulous animal farm.  The alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, budgies, and Cookie the spotty sheep offer great entertainment for the whole family. Complementing the delicious array of food, homemade Gelato and Sorbet are on offer to keep you cool on your ride.

Paeroa's Historical Martime Park is New Zealand’s most inland water port. The Museum has significant links dating back to pre-European settlement and the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769 aboard HMS Endeavour.  Hop on the riverboat with your bike, and enjoy the journey into the township of Paeroa via the Waihou and Ohinemuri Rivers. 

Ensure you arrive into Paeroa early enough to fossick through the many antiques and collectables shops.  World famous in New Zealand for its giant L&P bottle on the main street, there’s also good options for accommodation and places to eat for riders looking to overnight.

Please note:

  • Phone coverage is generally good on this section of the trail.
  • Dogs are not permitted on this section, except where the trail intersects the urban areas of Thames and Paeroa.

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Highlights include:

  • Thames township, rich in pioneering and gold-mining history
  • Historic Kopu Bridge
  • Matatoki Cheese Barn
  • Rural tranquility and views of the Hauraki Plains and Coromandel Ranges
  • Paeroa Historical Maritime Park 
  • Antique shopping in Paeroa
  • Visit the giant famous in New Zealand L&P Bottle

Accommodation
Thames to Paeroa


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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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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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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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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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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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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Corbett House Historic B&B

Corbett House Historic B&B

From $200 per night

Peaceful, relaxing & historical. A B&B with a difference just a short distance from the Rail Trail.

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Dine & Drink
Thames to Paeroa


Coromandel Distilling Co.

Coromandel Distilling Co.

The Coromandel Distilling Co. is bringing gold back to the Coromandel.  We are a micro-distillery, crafting gins and other limited release spirits with a relentless focus on quality and the art of distilling. 

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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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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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The Wharf - Thames

The Wharf - Thames

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

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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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Kopu Cafe

Kopu Cafe

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

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The Refinery - Paeroa

The Refinery - Paeroa

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

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The Cheese Barn at Matatoki

The Cheese Barn at Matatoki

​Cheese Factory / Licensed Café / Gift Shop / Animal Farm just metres from the Hauraki Rail Trail. 

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See & Do
Thames to Paeroa


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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Coromandel Distilling Co.

Coromandel Distilling Co.

The Coromandel Distilling Co. is bringing gold back to the Coromandel.  We are a micro-distillery, crafting gins and other limited release spirits with a relentless focus on quality and the art of distilling. 

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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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