Jollybikes: The Great Hauraki Rail Trail Tour
96 Richmond St, Thames
07 867 9026
PRICE: From $1099 pp
A 4 day cycling experience from Miranda, via Thames, Paeroa and Waihi to spa town Te Aroha.
Day 1: Pick up your bikes in the morning at our Thames base and ride along mangroves and through flat dairy land to The Miranda Hot Pools.
Distance 40 kms.
Have a soak and then have a shuttle return you to Thames.
Alternatively, visit the nearby Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and do a stroll to the bird hides on the shore, before the shuttle picks you up.
Overnight in Thames.
Day 2: Ride from Thames to Paeroa, 34 kms, again flat. Have a stop at a small cheese factory and cafe, the Cheese Barn. The trail then winds through farmland and small rural communities, between the Hauraki Plains and Coromandel mountain range. Overnight in Paeroa, famous for it's many quirky antique shops.
Day 3: Ride from Paeroa to Waihi through the very scenic Karangahake Gorge. This part of the trail is only 22 kms but a highlight of the trail and lots to do and see here. There are walks on offer and tours through the Karangahake Gorge itself and old mining tunnels (bring a torch!), the old stamper batteries, a very scenic waterfall and several wonderful places to have lunch. Overnight in Waihi.
Day 4: Ride back to Paeroa and then on to Te Aroha, through very lush green farmland, a distance of 44 kms and also all flat. You can integrate a historic train ride here. If you were to make an earlystart and were in Te Aroha around lunchtime, you might want to take a short hike up Whakapipi Lookout (approx. 45min one-way on Mt Te Aroha Summit Track). Alternatively, stroll through the old thermal bath domain and relax in your private pool, or take a walk though the Te Aroha wetlands, a short walk away from the town centre. A shuttle will pick you up around 4 pm to return you to your starting point in Thames.
Fitness level: Low to moderate
Includes: Helmets, locks, accommodation, 2x shuttle back to Thames.
Optional: Kayak tour and other extras
Price (min. 2 pax)
E-Bike: from $1,299 pp (three nights)
Standard: $1,099 pp (three nights)
Price with tour guide on request.
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