Hauraki Rail Trail

The 147km trail is the easiest cycle trail in New Zealand to ride with the longest tunnel 1.1km and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer.


The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding Trail in New Zealand, with various stages. The trail is in close proximity to Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino and the coastal town of Kaiaua.

Following old railway lines between historic goldmining towns Waihi, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Thames and on to the coastal town of Kaiaua, the grade one Trail is one of New Zealand’s easiest Great Rides. Suitable for everyone from kids barely out of trainer wheels, to those who’ve been pedaling since the days of Penny Farthings. From the stunning Karangahake Gorge, verdant farmlands and the salt licked Shorebird Coast, this Trail gives cyclists plenty of reasons to stop and get off their bikes along the way. The four leg 147km ride can be completed in a leisurely three to four days, beginning in any of the district’s five main towns, where accommodation, advice, bike hire, and shuttle transport are available

Once the Te Aroha to Matamata leg is completed the full trail will be 172km, made up of 5 sections.

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