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Hauraki Rail Trail Thames

407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Yeah I love it

Brilliant. Safe. Lengthy. Well maintained. Much more relaxing than taking your life in your hands... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
via mobile
Kids loved riding through the tunnel

We parked near the River Lodge and rode with our young girls 4 and 5 through the 1km long tunnel in... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
Anna C
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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The Hauraki Rail Trail is only 1.5 hours from Auckland and passes through Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. The trail is a family friendly and is an easy grade one ride, suitable for all ages and abilities. A true sense of pioneering hospitality and mouth-watering food can be tasted along the way, fare to satisfy the most ardent explorer. The Trail also passes through the Karangahake gorge known as one of New Zealand's 14 wonders.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Brilliant. Safe. Lengthy. Well maintained. Much more relaxing than taking your life in your hands on the roads! Ideal for a gentle relaxing cycle of 2 miles or 12 miles. I really enjoyed my cycling on the rail trail

Thank tillylamp
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We parked near the River Lodge and rode with our young girls 4 and 5 through the 1km long tunnel in the gorge. They loved it. The tunnel is now lit which makes it easier.

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Easy cycling on old gravel rail track. We hired bike from Jolly's on the Main Street in Thames. Bikes were suspension mountain bikes though such a spec was a luxury. Several stops for food and drink along the way so no need to carry too...More

Thank ryates04
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We had originally booked to cycle the trail over the Easter weekend but delayed our start due to the cyclone coming through. Luckily the trail had little damage but there are still a few slips from a previous storm but nothing that couldn't be ridden...More

1  Thank Dragon_Griffin
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Great trip! Would recommend Sherpa shuttles plus Miranda hot springs holiday park. 11 people completed this from age 6years to 40 something. Everyone managed. Stopped for cheese platter and Devonshire teas. Kids were amazing and we had no problems. Would recommend to other families!

2  Thank Stoney41
Reviewed 13 April 2017

One of the NZ great rides--primarily along an old rail bed so easy technically. Rode Paeroa to Wahi and back. Scenic and leisurely or you can put the pedal to the metal for a workout. The old rail tunnel at 1.1 km was fun as...More

1  Thank Erik B
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed at Thames overnight after this ride. 35 kms of easy track. Got Tui Blue shuttle back. Trevor was our driver. Very friendly and professional. Great night out in Thames at the Thai on Pollen street. Stayed at imperial hotel. All good. Thoroughly recommend.

Thank Whittakb
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This track to Kaiaua along Miranda has very poor up keep The grass covers the track in Alot of places and it's hard to tell between the so called bike track and a paddock the grass is that Long Not kid friendly or if you...More

Thank shimmintoddy
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hired some bikes from Paki Paki bike hire in Thames which were $30 each per day. The bikes had seen a bit of use but were fine for the purpose. The track runs as far as Waihi but we just rode...More

Thank 3069jones
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This ride is good and it works for any fitness level. Breath the fresh country air. Stop off at the cheese barn or enjoy a coffee along the way. This ride is great for families.

Thank whowesit
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9 November 2015|
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Response from Strickes | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry for the late reply. I hope I am not too late. No it isn't hard to find, it starts at the Train Station in Waihi. We got directions from a bike shop who were very helpful. As previous comment, it is well sign posted... More