Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is a 4 to 5 day ride in five sections, making it an ideal family getaway. The trail can be accessed from Kaiaua in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha, or Matamata in the south. The trail also offers a range of shorter riding options, including day rides. The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history.
As a grade one track it is suitable for riders of all ages, fitnesses and abilities.Key attractions include:
- Kaiaua - The Shorebird Coast
- Thames - gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula
- Paeroa - the home of the World famous L&P bottle
- Waihi - historic gold mining town, only 10 minutes from
the beautiful Waihi Beach
- Te Aroha - home to the luxurious, historic Te Aroha Mineral Spas and the Te Aroha Leisure Pools
- Matamata - The home of Hobbiton Movie Set
- Old mining infrastructure at Karangahake Gorge, such as the Victoria battery.
- The Waihi-Waikino vintage railway
Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Matamata and Waihi all offer a range of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as accommodation options including hotels, motels, backpackers, and Bed and Breakfasts.
Mountain Bike Track
Te Aroha has a purpose built track just for mountain bike riders. The track itself is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town. Lacing the foothills of Mt Te Aroha, it can be quite steep in areas, making the overall distance seem a lot further.
You will find easy/hard options en route with plenty to challenge more daring riders! Plenty of stream crossings, open grasslands and forest views make the track varied and exciting. As you ride, it’s not uncommon to see wildlife from the track such as kereru, tui, quail and pheasants. Track conditions are excellent and well defined making for good year-round riding.
If you’re a more conservative rider and enjoy taking your time – fear not, this ride is also for you. As you negotiate this awesome ride, you are treated to some real eye openers; the outstretched Hauraki Plains, pretty waterfalls and the Mokena Geyser. If you time it right, you may see the geyser in action. It’s the only hot water soda geyser in the world and well worth a look!
The trail starts uphill as you head into the bush; quite challenging in places, as it weaves its way up and down the face of the ranges. The surface is mainly gravel or dirt. Matting covers various wooden bridges, as well as the steep ascents and descents to give grip and prevent track slippage.
The track takes on a different feel at night. Sensational views of Te Aroha below (and surrounding countryside) all lit up, attract riders from all over the country. Also occasionally visible – if you look carefully enough, you can find glow worms and nocturnal wildlife.
The trail starts and finishes at the top of the Te Aroha Domain with picnic tables, barbeque, Mineral Spas and Swim Zone. What a perfect way to finish a mountain bike ride. Pop into i-SITE and pick up a map.
Map of the mountain bike tracks