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The Hauraki Rail Trail, The Coromandel
The 147km trail showcases some of the best scenery and is one of the easiest cycle trails in New Zealand. Accessible from Kaiaua Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi, Waikino and the Karangahake Gorge the Hauraki Rail trail is an easy grade one family friendly ride.
About the trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest Great Rides in New Zealand. Perfect for those looking to enjoy our temperate climate and eager to indulge in The Coromandel's homegrown cuisine. Cycle between heritage towns and through the Karangahake Gorge while sampling organic cheese and ice cream, wood fired pizza and boutique wine.
The 147km trail showcases some of the best scenery, and is suitable for everyone, even if you haven't been on a bike since your school days. Accessible from Kaiaua, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi, Waikino and the Karangahake Gorge, the Hauraki Rail trail is a flat grade one family-friendly ride.
Marvel at the wonder that is Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand” and the gold mining relics from yesteryear. The Karangahake Gorge showcases some of New Zealand’s best scenery, rich in pioneering history.
Situated off State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, the railway line within The Karangahake Gorge was closed in 1979, allowing visitors to access the historic sites associated with gold mining.
In the early 1900s the townships of Karangahake, Owharoa and Waikino were important mining centres with large batteries to crush and treat gold-bearing quartz from local mines. As you cycle along this scenic gorge you can feel the past all around you, with gold mining relics still scattered along the trail.
The visitor information centre at Waikino, which is housed in an old railway station, can provide you with a guide to the walks and the Hauraki Rail Trail.
The Hauraki Rail Trail, an experience that is good for your soul…
Dogs on the trail
Dogs on leads are permitted in the Karangahake Gorge section of the Rail Trail from Waikino Station to the old Karangahake Hall site at Crown Bridge at the northern end of Victoria Tunnel, and where the Rail Trail intersects the urban areas of Waihi, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Thames. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED on any other section of the Rail Trail.
More information on the Hauraki Rail Trail.