Hauraki Rail Trail

Hauraki Rail Trail, Paeroa: Hours, Address, Hauraki Rail Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Hauraki Rail Trail
4.5
Biking Trails • Hiking Trails
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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John G
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
A good day
May 2021 • Couples
Better signage for overseas cyclists, clean up the trail in parts pretty rough for older people, get all cattle stops changed to the new type
Written 27 May 2021
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Jane W
Auckland, New Zealand161 contributions
Cycle from Te Aroha to Paeroa
Nov 2020 • Friends
Cycled 24kms from Te Aroha and back on the old rail trail, nice and flat across lovely farmlands. Popped in to Paeroa from a coffee and slice at The Foundary. As easy ride for those not wanting lots of hills.
Written 28 November 2020
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Lyndsay F
Auckland, New Zealand70 contributions
Paths of all descriptions!
Oct 2020
We’d done the gorge before, so took the chance to try something new. Saturday was Paeroa to Thames - a pretty ride with easy to follow trails, and just a little gravelly at times. Sunday was Te Aroha to Matamata - best path of the weekend, lovely countryside and smooth running except for the cattle stops! Then Paeroa to Te Aroha to top it off... it felt like the unloved path, a bit rough in places, but still lovely. A great weekend.
Written 30 October 2020
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand381 contributions
Pretty average, could be better
Jul 2020 • Couples
When compared to the Otago Rail Trail and A2O, definitely only a 2 star experience. 160km of dross. The best part is the 10km through the Karangahake Gorge, great scenery cycling past steep hills by a fast moving river on a quality trail.

The Paeroa - Te Aroha - Matamata section is completely forgettable, boring farmland. The ORT is a little like this too in parts, but they have the smarts to put in information of local historical interest every 2-3km. Why haven't they done that here? Completely bypassing the Kaimai Rail Tunnel, DC3 crash memorial, and Wairere Falls section on the TA - MM section is nuts! What were the track designers thinking????

The track quality is pretty average too with lots of slumping. Looks like they just threw a bit of gravel down without prepping the underlayer.

TA is a superb town, lots of metal art on display and quirky shops. And great hot pools too!

We gave the Miranda section a miss, the hot pools had been shut for 5 months for renovations. And the $150-200 for 3 quotes for the 34km pickup from Thames is just plain theft. Down south I paid $70 for a 130-160km pickup for the A2O and ORT pickups.

Could do better.
Written 6 July 2020
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mcavty
Auckland, New Zealand104 contributions
Lots of easy fun
Jun 2020
Rode it on a push bike easily. Very scenic with lots of interesting stops. Quality cafes & accommodation close by.
Written 17 June 2020
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Paul L
Coolangatta, Australia209 contributions
Very flat and a bit boring at times.
Mar 2020
We left Matamata early in the morning(quite foggy) and took roughly just over 2 hours to reach Te Aroha where we had a nice lunch at Villa nine cafe and we spent about 1.5 hrs in the area before heading back the 37kls.
Slightly slower coming home as our legs were starting to feel the affects even though it was mainly flat and the most interesting bits was going over the bridges so we were very glad when we arrived at the Tower road motel where we spent the night.
A lot of money has been spent on this trail especially on the surface and fencing along the properties not to mention the bridges.
Written 21 March 2020
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Coylum
Vancouver, Canada923 contributions
Nice cycle track
Mar 2020 • Couples
We parked at Waikino station as recommended by friends. Loads of parking space in the last week of February. The first section of track had some fairly big stones of 2 to 3 inches but after about 600m the gravel size got smaller. Very nice cruise near the river for 6 km and then 8 into Paeroa for lunch. I may park in P next time and lunch at the station.
Written 2 March 2020
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Paradise234454
Tauranga, New Zealand43 contributions
Flat terrain makes biking easy
Feb 2020
I biked from Paeroa to Waihi and back one day and Paeroa to Te Aroha and back the next day. I really enjoyed it. The scenery through the gorge is stunning and the tunnel makes it fun. The ride across farm land is less interesting but still beautiful. It is nice and flat and great to feel safe away from cars.
The towns themselves were interesting - lots of op shops. I loved the dog bike rack in Te Aroha.
Written 24 February 2020
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Warren W
Blind River, Canada11 contributions
SIX STARS!
Jan 2020
After completing our 17 day tour of the North Island, this remains my favourite memory. The trail itself is in excellent condition, and is interspersed with multitudinous wonders. I don’t want to give all the surprises away. Take a full day, look around, be curious, read the signs, and explore. The scenery, adventure, cultural experiences, and especially history come alive, are extraordinary.
Written 16 February 2020
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Karina S
Canberra, Australia79 contributions
A relaxing and scenic trip
Jan 2020
I rode the Thames to Paeroa and then the Paeroa to Waihi sections of the Rail Trail.
The first day went through farming countryside, with plenty of dairy cows watching riders along the fences. This leg did not have amazing scenery, but WAS VERY peaceful. the ride was broken up by a meal stop at The Cheese Barn (highly recommend you stop here - great food and atmosphere).
The Paeroa to Waihi leg was definitively more interesting, with the trip through the Karangahake Gorge. Very scenic.
Written 31 January 2020
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