Section B:
Thames to Paeroa


THAMES WEATHER

Distance: 34 kms (3-4 hours)

Trail Status: Notification

19 April 2024: Located between Thames and Kopu, the Kōpū Marine Project works are underway. Access to the Hauraki Rail Trail will remain, with efforts made to minimise any impact on users. Works are due for completion in April 2024.

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 Cheese Barn at Matatoki you’ll find a BYO 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

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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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Avalon Motel

Avalon Motel

Avalon Motel is the perfect base from which to explore the Hauraki Rail Trail and Coromandel Peninsula.

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Earthbridge Eco B&B

Earthbridge Eco B&B

Earthbridge Eco B&B is a private, rural delight located in the beautiful Maratoto Valley, offering an ideal Hauraki destination, allowing visitors to slow down the pace in a safe and beautiful environment.

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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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Onetai Estate

Onetai Estate

Onetai Estate is a homestay set within 22 acres and surrounded by native bush, offering accommodation to those enjoying the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Motorhome Camping Options - Section B

Motorhome Camping Options - Section B

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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Dickson Holiday Park

Dickson Holiday Park

Surrounded by lush bush and birdsong, Dickson Holiday Park is located 4km north of Thames at Tararu on the Thames Coast, and is just 5km from the Trail Head of the Hauraki Rail Trail at Shortland Wharf in Thames.

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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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Tuscany on Thames Motel

Tuscany on Thames Motel

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Tuscany On Thames is a well equipped Motel close to everything in Thames. 

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Rolleston Motel - Thames

Rolleston Motel - Thames

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

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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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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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Corbett House Historic B&B

Corbett House Historic B&B

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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


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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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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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 / BYO 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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Buildlink Paeroa

Buildlink Paeroa

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

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Read Bros Hardware Ltd - Thames

Read Bros Hardware Ltd - Thames

With five generations and 156 years of knowledge behind us, chances are we’ll know what you’re looking for.

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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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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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