Hauraki Rail Trail

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Title Key Information

  • Grade 1 Grade 1
  • 82km 82km
  • 1-3 Days 1-3 Days

Title Where to Start

  • Start in Waihi, Paeroa, Thames, Kaiaua or Te Aroha Start in Waihi, Paeroa, Thames, Kaiaua or Te Aroha

Title Dogs

  • Dogs on leads are ONLY permited in the gorge area Dogs on leads are ONLY permited in the gorge area

The Hauraki Rail Trail, The Coromandel

The 82km trail showcases some of the best scenery and is one of the easiest cycle trails in New Zealand. Accessible from 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 riding trails 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 82km trail showcases some of the best scenery, and is one of the easiest cycle trails in New Zealand. Accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi,  Waikino and the Karangahake Gorge the Hauraki Rail trail is an easy 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.

Useful links

Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Waihi all offer a range of restaurants and cafes  as well as plenty of accommodation options.

More information on the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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