OverviewTrail Status: Open
Thames Paeroa — Waihi Te Aroha (2 days, 80km)
The Hauraki Rail Trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer and is rich in pioneering history. Highlights include the stunning Karangahake Gorge, an historic gold mining town and luxurious mineral spas.
There are three distinct sections to the Hauraki Rail Trail. The trail from Thames to Paeroa and Paeroa to Te Aroha follows an historic railway formation that runs across lush green farmland. These sections are flat and very easy riding – and the raised platform provided by the old railway line offers riders great views across the Hauraki Plains and to the forested Kaimai Ranges.
The third section of trail runs from Paeroa, through the Karangahake Gorge, to Waikino Station. The trail through the gorge follows the Ohinemuri River and includes a number of interesting bridges and a long railway tunnel. On arrival at the café at Waikino Station, riders can either take the vintage train on to Waihi or ride all the way to Waihi.
The Hauraki Rail Trail was created through a partnership between the Hauraki District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Department of Conservation and Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
Public toilets are available at regular intervals along the trail.
As with any outdoor adventure, check the weather before you go and carry some warm clothes - just in case.
REFRESHMENTS: You are never too far from a coffee while riding the Hauraki Rail Trail. You will find plenty of cafés and food shops at the towns of Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. There are also cafés at Waikino, Hikutaia, and Karangahake.
MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Generally good, except for parts of the Karangahake Gorge where reception is patchy.
The Coromandel enjoys some of New Zealand's best weather, making the Hauraki Rail Trail a good ride all-year-round.
Temperatures reach between 24-31 ̊ C in the summer months and average around 12-14 ̊ C in the middle of winter.
If you prefer to stay clean and dry, the best months to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail are from September to May.
Whatever the weather you’ll be able to either cool off at nearby Waihi Beach, or warm up at the famous Te Aroha Mineral Spas.