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Hauraki Rail Trail

101 Normanby Road, Paeroa, 3600, New Zealand
+64 27 322 7227
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An easy ride

A few different options - the trail goes from Paeroa to Te Aroha, Paeroa to Thames, Paeroa to Waihi... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Janine J
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Paeroa, New Zealand
Interesting trail, easily navigated and reasonably well serviced

We did the 5 day Miranda to Te Aroha organised through Hauraki Cycle Trail in Paeroa. This is an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
S9173MSanthonyt
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Sydney, Australia
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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101 Normanby Road, Paeroa, 3600, New Zealand
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+64 27 322 7227
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few different options - the trail goes from Paeroa to Te Aroha, Paeroa to Thames, Paeroa to Waihi or Kopu to Miranda. Each of these rides can be completed in a day and the trails are mainly a flat easy ride. Very picturesque, especially...More

Thank Janine J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the 5 day Miranda to Te Aroha organised through Hauraki Cycle Trail in Paeroa. This is an easy route, reasonably flat with comfortable distances between towns, however the number of cattle gates can be challenging at times. We were picked up - and...More

Thank S9173MSanthonyt
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

the areas by the gorge are fantastic. The rail tunnel has been sanitised and now with upgraded lighting all the grafitti is visible and the mystic of walking or riding a tunnel in the dark (or with a torch, if you remembered one) has gone....More

Thank joe w
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We did the smoothest part of the track (from Paeroa to Waihi) with rented bikes. Absolutely gorgeous views, it's really well kept. You go through a very long tunnel on your way, you cross over a couple of steams, you are besides the stream on...More

Thank Jime G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Great for just walking or you can have your own or hire a bicycle, great cycling even for the younger ones

Thank 939Susanne
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

The three main traila are between Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha. The prettiest is between Paeroa and Waihi, via Waikino, slight uphill, but easily doable by novices like me. Bike hire in all the above places, we based ourselves in Paeroa (Pedlars Motel strongly recommended)....More

Thank aussiepax
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Well maintained walkways. Great views. Really interesting seeing the workings of the rails and being able to go through the tunnels etc.

Thank HEATHER H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The Hauraki Rail Trail covers some of New Zealand's oldest railway routes dating back to 1898. There are 5 routes covered by the Hauraki Rail Trail and we used the Paeroa to Waihi section, we partially walked along the route rather than cycling and covered...More

Thank paullegate
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Incredible experience! A long lazy peddle through farmland, followed by a beautiful trip through a tunnel and up alongside the spectacular river to the falls. A breathtaking way to see this part of New Zealand. Cool towns, great places to stop and eat. A fun...More

Thank NediHI
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We have travelled the Hauraki trails in different sections. Most are easy riding and interesting rural but not exciting for the kids. 3 sections were particularly enjoyed. 3rd best is the Miranda leg out to the bird sanctuary. The kids loved the sanctuary and it...More

Thank gorgle
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Sparklers
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
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