Pipiroa to Kopu CLOSED - Click here for more info

Kaiaua to Thames
Thames to Paeroa
Paeroa to Waihi
Paeroa to Te Aroha
Te Aroha to Matamata

Section A Trail Status Information

The coastline from Kaiaua to Waitakaruru is one of our most popular and scenic rides. It's open for business, and we still think it's the Best Little One Day Stay On The Hauraki Rail Trail.  

The picturesque seaside town of Kaiaua boasts a stunning coastline, beautiful parks, a Pirate Ship playground, local monthly market, and expansive views of the Firth and the dramatic Coromandel Ranges.

However, if you are considering riding Section A, which stretches from Kaiaua to Thames, please be aware there is storm damage on the Trail, and two on-going projects which impact trail users, for which you can find more information below.


Storm Damage

Section A is currently open between Kaiaua and Waitakaruru. There is trail surface damage between the Pink Shop through to the Boating Club. We suggest riders start their journey from the Bay View Hotel, 943 East Coast Road and cycle through to Waitakaruru. 


Photo: Trail surface damage between the Pink Shop and the Boating Club


Due to surface damage, trail users heading south from Kaiaua will need to move out onto the road at the northern end of Rays Rest for 300m as this section of trail is unrideable. Please refer to map below.


Photo: Map showing suggested detour


On-going Projects

PROJECT ONE: The section of Trail between Kopu and Waitakaruru is CLOSED for the forseeable future, due to works being undertaken by Waikato Regional Council.  Please note no-one can enter the stop bank area without permission. We will notify through this site of any changes. In the meantime, enjoy a one day ride on the Shorebird Coast, and a stay at one of our amazing official partners along that route. 


Photo: Stop banks between Waitakaruru and Kopu where Waikato Regional Council works are underway


PROJECT TWO:  Note this is a different location to the above and is located between Kopu and Thames. Kōpū Marine Project works have commenced in the Kopu area. Access to the Hauraki Rail Trail will remain in place, with efforts made to minimise any impact on users. Works are due for completion in April 2024. You can read more about the project here.


Photo: Jean Gray - Kōpū Marine Project works


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