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Hauraki Rail Trail – New Zealand Cycle Trails 2017-09-17T15:10:16+00:00

Hauraki Rail Trail

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Hauraki Rail Trail

Back in time!

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Hauraki Rail Trail

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What are you waiting for?!

On the Hauraki Rail Trail all good things come together! Beautiful nature, shorebirds jammed coast, an impressive gorge, mining history, a ride with a historic steam train, waterfalls and hotpools. And the best part: did you know that the Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest trails in New Zealand? So what are you waiting for!

Note: we only cycled the section Waihi to Paeroa

We love to share our own experiences and tips! Don’t expect extended touristic information, there are others who are much better in doing so. We do tell you where to find further information about the NZ Cycle Trails, like websites and apps. We focus primarily on photos. And we add a personal touch by summarising our personal trail experience in a short story! No doubt this will help you to get a good idea of the Hauraki Rail Trail and what to expect. Enjoy reading!

What are you waiting for?!

On the Hauraki Rail Trail all good things come together! Beautiful nature, shorebirds jammed coast, an impressive gorge, mining history, a ride with a historic steam train, waterfalls and hotpools. And the best part: did you know that the Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest trails in New Zealand? So what are you waiting for!

Note: we only cycled the section Waihi to Paeroa

We love to share our own experiences and tips! Don’t expect extended touristic information, there are others who are much better in doing so. We do tell you where to find further information about the NZ Cycle Trails, like websites and apps. We focus primarily on photos. No doubt this will help you to get a good idea of the Hauraki Rail Trail and what to expect. Enjoy reading!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Tips from professional NZ travel writers!

Check out our blog loaded with tips on how to make the most of your New Zealand Cycle Trails experience. For example the blog provided by professional travel writers to help you! Read this blog.

That’s handy! More tips please!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Tips from professional NZ travel writers!

Check out our blog loaded with tips on how to make the most of your New Zealand Cycle Trails experience. For example the blog provided by professional travel writers to help you! Read this blog.

That’s handy! More tips please!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Tips from professional NZ travel writers!

Check out our blog loaded with tips on how to make the most of your New Zealand Cycle Trails experience. For example the blog provided by professional travel writers to help you! Read this blog.

That’s handy! More tips please!

Nutshell

Hauraki Rail Trail in a nutshell

Where?
The Hauraki Rail Trail is situated in the Coromandel District on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s only a short drive from Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. You can start the trail in Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino and Matamata in the south.

When?
You can cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail the whole year. The regions mild climate guarantees a great adventure, no matter when you head out.

Starting points
Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino and Matamata in the south.

Tip!
Haven’t got much time? The Hauraki Rail Trail counts 5 sections. They vary from 23km to 55km and are all very beautiful.

Here you find the Hauraki Rail Trail!

Route
Beautiful divers cycle trail, following one of the oldest railway tracks in New Zealand through stunning nature, past waterfalls, an impressive gorge, wetlands and lots of history from the gold mining days.

Distance
173 km

Grade
Easy

Number of days
2 to 4 days

Accommodation
Lots of hotels, guesthouses, B&B and campsites.

Transport
Shuttle busses take you to or pick you up along the trail. You have to organise this yourself. There are several companies in the villages along the Hauraki Rail Trail who gladly help you with that.

Our tips
Plan enough time to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail. There’s a lot to see and do. And don’t forget to bring a torch for the 1km tunnel!

Haven’t got much time? The Hauraki Rail Trail counts 5 sections. So just choose one (or two 😉 ). They vary from 23km to 55km and are all very beautiful. Or take the ancient steam train from Waikino to Waihi and take your bike along!

The View!
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Where?
The Hauraki Rail Trail is situated in the Coromandel District on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s only a short drive from Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. You can start the trail in Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino and Matamata in the south.

When?
You can cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail the whole year. The regions mild climate guarantees a great adventure, no matter when you head out.

Starting points
Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino and Matamata in the south.

Tip!
Haven’t got much time? The Hauraki Rail Trail counts 5 sections. They vary from 23km to 55km and are all very beautiful.

Here you find the Hauraki Rail Trail!

Route
Beautiful divers cycle trail, following one of the oldest railway tracks in New Zealand through stunning nature, past waterfalls, an impressive gorge, wetlands and lots of history from the gold mining days.

Distance
173 km

Grade
Easy

Number of days
2 to 4 days

Accommodation
Lots of hotels, guesthouses, B&B and campsites.

Transport
Shuttle busses take you to or pick you up along the trail. You have to organise this yourself. There are several companies in the villages along the Hauraki Rail Trail who gladly help you with that.

Our tips
Plan enough time to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail. There’s a lot to see and do. And don’t forget to bring a torch for the 1km tunnel!

Haven’t got much time? The Hauraki Rail Trail counts 5 sections. So just choose one (or two 😉 ). They vary from 23km to 55km and are all very beautiful. Or take the ancient steam train from Waikino to Waihi and take your bike along!

More information
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Give your bike a break and take a leisurely ride on the vintage train that runs between Waikino and Waihi.

Delve in to the rich pioneering and mining history along the trail at the Victoria Battery.

Check out the Martha mine at Waihi. This town has a mining history of over 100 years with a gold mine still operating.

Take a swim in one of the swimming holes at the beautiful Owharoa Falls. Great for a cool down!

A shy sun

A shy sun

Diverse and spectacular

With our bike computers showing barely 24 kilometers, it is impossible to say that we rode the entire Hauraki Rail Trail. But the section we did ride, was just plain awesome! World famous gorgeous New Zealand nature; winding streams and rivers, an impressive deep gorge, plenty of history out of the harsh gold seeking days and a magnificent picture-perfect waterfall. An excellent excuse to head back soon to cycle the remaining 173 kilometers!

You’re wondering why we only cycled such a small part? Well, also New Zealand sometimes gets its share of rain. Nature is really happy with that and it makes New Zealand just what it is: lush, green and spectacular! And a little rain doesn’t stop us from mounting our bikes, but sometimes a little turns into a lot… There is an advantage though: once and awhile you would want to seek shelter and the cute little cafes are a perfect excuse to go and comfort yourself with a good coffee and excellent pastry! The historical Waikino Station Cafe is a good example. Here you can also hop on the old steam train that runs between Waihi and Waikino. Good news: you can take your bike with you!

Lots to discover
The route we choose took us from Waihi to Paeroa. About 24 kilometers to the west and we returned via the same road. Which was no punishment by the way. According to the trail description this is the most spectacular section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. So we noticed! This is not a trail cycled in one straight line! There is so much to see and discover en route. And all well sign posted, so no need to miss out on anything. Don’t forget to take some walking shoes, so you can check out these interesting places comfortably.

What a little sunshine can do….

Don’t forget to bring a torch, you definitely need it when conquering the historic 1 kilometer long railway tunnel!

Looking for glow worms
Comforting to know, the Hauraki Rail Trail won’t cause muscle aches or sweat running down your body. It is one of the easiest Great Rides. It makes this trail perfectly suited for people of all ages. The first stretch takes you through a mildly sloping lush green landscape. A bit further, you’ll follow the Ohinemuri River, all the way in to the Karangahake Gorge. As a bonus, you’ll find yourself in a 1 kilometer tunnel. With a little luck, you might spot some glow worms. Don’t forget to take a torch, halfway the tunnel it gets pitch-dark!

Nature all to yourself
The absolute highlight to us was the impressive Karangaheke Gorge. Park your bike and head to the Windows Walkway. Several view points offer you amazing vistas down the steep walls to the bottom of the gorge. Or descend in to the gorge and hike along the Ohinmuri River looking for remains of The Crown Mines. Not a lot of people do this, making it a great opportunity to have nature all to yourself.

On the way back to Waihi awaits us a pleasant surprise: a shy sun starts to make fierce attempts to peek through the clouds. We decide to make use of it by inserting an extra photo stop at the Owharoa Waterfall. There and then we also agree to come back to cycle the rest of the trail. What a little sunshine can do!

Take time out to explore some of New Zealand’s best short Walks, the Windows walk and along the Ohinemuri River

Also hikers fully enjoy this track!

It is a fun trail, crossing several old steel bridges.

Take time out to explore some of New Zealand’s best short Walks, the Windows walk and along the Ohinemuri River

Photos

The Hauraki Rail Trail with all it’s historical relics make you feel like taking a trip back in time!

Pros and Cons

  • Easy trail, so suitable for people of all ages and levels
  • Not only beautiful nature, but also lots of interesting New Zealand history
  • There is so much to see even though it is only 24 kilometer
  • Beautiful short walks to hidden gems
  • You get the chance to make your acquaintance with New Zealand’s world famous soda: L&P

A lot of mining history to explore on the trail

  • It is a beautiful and popular trail, so keep in mind that it can be busy during the summer months. But still worthwhile!
  • Chances are, you’ll get hooked to L&P, New Zealand’s world famous soda 😉
  • Hard to find cons! 😉

World famous in New Zealand!

What is there to do in the surroundings?

Time to spare? Here some nearby suggestions!

What is there to do in the surroundings?

Time to spare? Here some nearby suggestions!

Drive up north to explore beautiful Coromandel. Like Cathedral cove, reachable via an easy 1hr walk. 

Dig your own hot pool metres from the Pacific Ocean at world-famous Hot Water Beach. Great surf, cafes and art galleries add to this very kiwi experience.

The official promo-video of the Hauraki Rail Trail. Anticipation!

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An easy ride along small towns, verdant countryside, a bushy gorge, rich in mining history.

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