As one of New Zealand’s six biodiversity hot spots, the Hauraki Coromandel is a safe haven for many threatened or at-risk species surviving in a broad range of habitats. Community conservation groups play a vital role in the preservation of the natural environment. From Moehau at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to Te Aroha in the south, this vast conservation project has a goal of becoming predator free by 2030.
The Aroha Cruise In is a great local event showcasing Te Aroha with a celebration of Classic cars, bikes and hot rods held in the main street of Te Aroha. The event allows local schools and groups to fundraise, and supports local business in the town.
Exciting times ahead for the Hauraki Rail Trail and region, as visitors will soon be able to cruise into Paeroa by riverboat. This is thanks to a $1.1 million development aimed at boosting tourism in the town. Stage one includes an upgrade of Wharf St in Paeroa, which will link to a purpose-built community jetty on the Ohinemuri River.
Come and watch Paeroa’s new Criterion Bridge Floodgates in action, as Regional council show off how the new floodgates on SH26 operate. Waikato Regional Council is holding an open day on 11 August from 9am-11am, to demonstrate how the mechanical gates work, and talk about why they are so important to protect the community. Built by Flood Control International in the United Kingdom, they were the biggest gates the company had ever built.
Visitors to Kaiaua will soon have a great spot to stretch their legs, skim stones, and enjoy their lunch, thanks to a Government contribution announced last weekend. $80,000 will go towards a car parking and freedom camping area at Kaiaua, from the latest round of the MBIE Tourism Infrastructure Fund. The funding will create a destination at the Kaiaua end of the new 10km Hauraki Rail Trail extension, between the township and Pūkorokoro/Miranda.
Please be advised of the forthcoming Geotech works required on Section C of the Hauraki Rail Trail between Waihi Station and Waikino on the 18th & 22nd July 2019. These works are for test drills and there will be intermittent trail closures for brief 15-20 minute slots at a time while the holes are drilled. Between test drills riders should be able to pass. We suggest riders pack a hot flask and prepare for a brief stop. Alternatively to avoid works completely riders can choose to take the train from Waihi Station to Waikino.
If you're passionate about cycling and looking for an exciting opportunity, Sport Waikato are recruiting for a Waikato Regional Cycling Education Plan Lead Advisor. This is an exciting new role which has been developed to implement the Waikato Regional Cycling Education Plan, and is a full-time position.
Sculptor Adrian Worsley designs and constructs unique and original sculptures entirely from recycled materials from his studio in Te Aroha. Adrian’s series of Bike Rack sculptures which combine functionality with art can be found prominently displayed in Te Aroha’s main street. The latest sculpture has now been installed at the Te Aroha Railway Station.
As you cross the Kopu Bridge at the gateway to the Coromandel, you’ll soon be greeted by a fantastic array of sculptures. Amongst the new artworks, visitors can look forward to a giant Jandal, and a six metre tall toy train. The enhancement of the Trail with sculpture is part of a wider ongoing initiative to bring creative expression into the public eye, and to enhance both local and visitor experiences in the region.
6 towns, 5 start lines, 1 finish line, 140km off road, and 1 day of flat out fun if you’re ready to take part in the 2019 Trail Trilogy. With something for everyone, this super event takes place on the Hauraki Rail Trail on Sunday 15 September 2019. There are five events, a 9k fun run, Half Marathon, Marathon, 55k Intro Ultra, and 100k Ultra Marathon, which utilise the entire length of the rail trail.
The Owharoa Bridge at Waitawheta Road is now fully open for riders on Section C of the Hauraki Rail Trail.
The Owharoa Bridge at Waitawheta Road is currently closed whilst urgent repairs are undertaken. The period of closure is from 20 May - 10 June 2019. Although works will continue until 10 June, the bridge will be OPEN for the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Join an incredible crew of guest speakers for breakfast and find out more about the Hauraki Rail Trail, starting a business on a cycle trail, and tips to make your business cycle friendly. Business Bites #3 will be an opportunity for Hauraki business owners to find out more about business support, grants, and mentoring provided by Te Waka.
The Owharoa Bridge at Waitawheta Road is to close whilst urgent repairs are undertaken. The period of closure is from 20 May - 10 June 2019. In light of the bridge closure, and inherent danger of riders wanting to use the roading network which is extremely dangerous in this 5km zone, we have organised a shuttle service.
Saturday 4 May 2019 is the Opening Weekend for Game Season 2019.
This activity predominantly affects Section A - Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames of the Hauraki Rail Trail. Riders must be aware however this notice of warning is for the entire trail, and caution must be exercised at all times.
ANZAC Poppies in the Park is held at the Historical Maritime Park and Museum in Paeroa from 14 - 25 April, 10am – 3pm each day. Make a day of the activities on offer, and combine with a short adventure on the Rail Trail for the whole family.
You no longer have to be an eagle-eyed visitor to see the progress being made on the Te Aroha to Matamata extension. Construction company Splice started work in January, and have been busy forming the Trail.
Exciting changes are afoot, as work begins to remove many of the old cattle-stops found along the Hauraki Rail Trail. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is supporting the trail to remedy the remaining 94 problematic cattle-stops between Kopu and Te Aroha by the end of April 2019.
Please note a diversion is scheduled on the Trail between Kopu and Pipiroa from 25 February - 25 March 2019.
Work on the Trail is heating up with two major extensions and storm damage repairs underway, making the most of summer’s great weather.
Please be advised that there will be a closure of the Owharoa Bridge at Waitawheta Road whilst urgent repairs are undertaken.
The period of closure is from 20 May - 10 June 2019.
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A whopping 50 Stoats, 28 Rats and 31 Hedgehogs have been trapped on the Trail since June 2017. Keeping the Trail pest free is essential for the survival of our native plants and animals.
We're thrilled to get the keys to this super new Truck for the Hauraki Rail Trail.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for protecting Kauri on public conservation land and other land it manages, including many of New Zealand’s most significant Kauri forests. Now Kauri are facing a new threat, Kauri dieback, a fungus-type disease, which is having a devastating effect on New Zealand’s Kauri forests in Northland, Great Barrier Island and, potentially, the Coromandel Peninsula. Learn about why Kauri matter, and how you can help prevent the spread of disease.