Trail Safety

For safety notes on each specific section please refer to the trail map.


1. Plan your trip

Seek local knowledge, plan your route and the time you can reasonably expect it to take. The Hauraki Rail Trail is well signposted but we advise carrying a map for guidance.

2. Tell someone

Tell someone your plans and leave a date or time to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. We recommend that you ride with others. 

3. Check the weather

Weather on and around the Hauraki Rail Trail can be changeable. Always check the forecast and be prepared for weather changes by carrying a rain jacket and warm clothing.

4. Know your limits

It is your responsibility to enjoy and maximise your riding experience. To minimise risk always ride within your physical limits and ability.

5. Take sufficient supplies

Make sure you have sufficient food, clothing, and equipment in case of emergency. Carry basic bike tools for repairs, a first aid kit and a means of communication.


Here's a few simple tips to help keep you safe on the Hauraki Rail Trail:

Be Seen - Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing. Use front and rear lights at night, in low light and poor visibility such as fog or rain.

Be Aware - Watch and listen for approaching cyclists, vehicles, pedestrians, potholes, animals, car doors opening and other potential hazards.

Be Predictable - Make eye contact with other trail users. Maintain a straight line, keep to the left and signal your intentions clearly.

Be Confident - Use hand signals to indicate your intentions, and a bell to alert other trail users to your presence.

Be Safe - Ride to the conditions and follow the normal road rules. Cycle no more than two abreast and single file where visibility is an issue or traffic is busy. Keep at least one metre away from parked cars.

Be Patient - Slow down when approching other trail users, particularly from the rear. Pass slowly and only when safe. On narrow sections of trail, pull over to allow faster cyclists to pass.

Be Prepared - Wear an approved helmet and check your bike regularly. Plan your route and carry sufficient water, clothing, food, along with basic tools for repairs and a small first aid kit.

You can also take a look at this Outdoor Safety Guide