Trail Safety

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


1. Plan your trip

Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take. The Hauraki Rail Trail is well signposted but it does pay to take 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 don’t ride alone. 

3. Be aware of the weather

The weather on and around the Hauraki Cycle Trail can be changeable. Always check the forecast before you head off and be prepared for weather changes by carrying a rain jacket and warm clothing.

4. Know your limits

Your responsibility is to enjoy and maximise your riding experience, while reducing and minimising the risk. Challenge yourself, but ride within your physical limits and ability.

5. Take sufficient supplies

Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take some basic bike tools for any repairs, a first aid kit and an appropriate means of communication.


Following are a few simple tips to help keep you stay safe when you’re out 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 in 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 - a friendly hello always goes down well. 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 ride 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 the trail, pull over where practical 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 and food, along with basic tools for any repairs and a basic first aid kit.

You can also take a look at this Outdoor Safety Guide