The New Zealand Cycle Trail | Nga Haerenga
The Hauraki Rail Trail forms a part of the ‘Great Rides’ - the premier rides of ‘The New Zealand Cycle Trail’, a series of mainly off road bike trails instigated and promoted by the NZ government to showcase New Zealand’s great landscape, rural community, kiwi culture and history. The most famous of the Great Trails is the ‘Otago Central Rail Trail’, but the network has been extended to include ten trails in the North Island, and twelve trails in the South Island.
The Hauaraki Rail Trail
The ‘Hauraki Rail Trail’ extends from Thames in the north, down to Te Aroha in the south along the Hauraki Plains, in the western lee of the Coromandel Ranges, and diverts into the ranges themselves at the Karangahake Gorge. The Gorge forms the major pathway through to Waihi and the coast beyond, and is itself one of the major tourist attractions in the North Island. Visiting it via the cycleway provides a unique perspective on its natural beauty, its relative position relative to its surroundings and its place within New Zealand's rich gold mining history.
The awesome parts of the whole trip included going through the length of the Karangahake Gorge (particlarly the 1km tunnel), the variations in topography and terrain through most of the section from Thames to Paeroa, staying at ‘The Waterlily Gardens’ and having a meal at ‘The Falls Retreat’. All in all the Hauraki Rail Trail is set to come of age and become one of the iconic Cycleways of New Zealand.
If you would like to know more about the Hauraki Rail Trail, its overview, logistics and an account of our experience - including detailed maps and photos, email us for our free travel guide.