About this Ride
A very short enjoyable 3km ride up the coast, past sea birds and views up the Firth of Thames to Waiheke Island.
Thames - Paeroa (33Km)
With panoramic views of the towering bush clad Coromandel Ranges, the trail meanders alongside the tidal Waihou River through lush, green farm pastures with peacefully grazing cattle. You pass through the small settlements of ages gone by and possibly experiencing cheese makers at work.
Paeroa - Waikino - Paeroa (28Km)
Set off from Paeroa to explore the remarkable Karangahake Gorge, one of the “fourteen wonders of New Zealand”. There is so much to see and do along the Paeroa to Waikino leg, we suggest you to take a torch with you and a lock for your bike (if you are hiring a bike from us, locks and helmets are included).
The gorge is remarkable and packed with gold mining history. The rewarding Windows Walk is a “must do”. The loop meanders through old gold mining relics and historical tunnels. Four “windows” expose the spectacular gorge scenery – the bush, cliffs and the dynamic river below
Carved through solid rock, the 1.1Km Karangahake Rail tunnels are a labyrinth of glow worm lit historic mining tunnels.
There are a few places to stop and eat in the Karangahake Gorge.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
- BYO torch / headlamp
- Remove sunglasses when entering the tunnel
- Cyclists to dismount and walk at peak times.
Paeroa - Waihi (25Km)
Follow the river from Waikino through the new section to charming Waihi. Cross the longest swing bridge on the Trail and view the impressive Martha open pit gold mine in Waihi.
Waihi Pit Rim Trail (4km)
In Waihi you can watch as gold is still being won from Waihi’s impressive open pit mine. The Waihi Pit Rim Trail is a 4km trail which circumnavigates the pit, offering dramatic views of the mining below. This trail is a “Grade Two” ride, requiring a little more effort, but is well worth it.
Paeroa - TeAroha (21Km)
Crossing green pastures with Mount Te Aroha (the Mountain of Love) ahead and where mineral hot pools with therapeutic waters to relax and soak in awaits you.
After a soak in the hot pools you have a choice of being bussed back to Thames with the Sherpa Shuttle Bus Service, or continue to relax after your spa and stay on in the area and take advantage of the beautiful accommodation available.