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Hauraki Cycle Trail

Biking Packages

The Hauraki Rail Trail is a perfect 3 to 4 day ride, making it an ideal long weekend or weekend experience. It can be accessed from Miranda, Thames, Paeroa, Waihi or Te Aroha, and 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. 

One Day Rides

include
  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle
  • Optional Activities

Multi Day Rides

include
  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle
  • Activities
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers

One Day Rides

The Hauraki Rail Trail offers plenty of one day rides. 
The most popular day ride is the section from Paeroa or Waihi or Waihi to Paeroa through the Karangahke Gorge, but all sections make great day rides.

ONE DAY RIDES

Station-to-Station
Tour 1

Cycle, Train, Gold Discovery Tour, & Shuttle

Paeroa – Karangahake – Waikino – Waihi – 25 km (15 km with train)

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Train Ride
  • Gold Discovery Tour
  • Return shuttle to your vehicle in Paeroa

 

Leaving Hauraki Cycle Trail Depot in Paeroa at 09.00 a.m. cycle east through the Karangahake Gorge on to Waikino with plenty of time to enjoy the Karangahake Gorge and the looped Windows Walk through the upper Karangahake Gorge.

 

At Waikino either catch the 1.00 p.m. train to Waihi or carry on riding the additional 10 km to Waihi. Time for a coffee and a snack before taking the Gold Discovery Tour at 2.30 p.m.

 

At the end of the tour meet our sherpa shuttle to return you back to your car in Paeroa.

 

*Gold Discovery Tour: 2.5 hours

 

Waihi Gold Mine Tours takes you inside the fence to experience modern-day gold mining up close and relate colourful stories from the mine’s past. To complement your Waihi Gold Mine Tour, allow enough time to take in the Waihi Gold Experience.

 

Family concession available

 

Add-ons:

  1. E-bikes: add $60.00
  2. Waikino Station Café - Add a meal voucher (fixed menu food & drink)  - $15.00 per person
  3. Add a night’s accommodation

* Advance bookings are essential for the Gold Discovery Tour.

ONE DAY RIDES

Station-to-Station
Tour 2

Cycle, Train & Shuttle

Paeroa – Karangahake – Waikino – Waihi – 25 km
Waihi – Waikino – Karangahake – Paeroa – 25 kms

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Train Ride
  • Return shuttle to your vehicle in Paeroa

 

Paeroa – Karangahake - Waikino - Waihi – 25 km  

Starting at Paeroa your ride takes you through the Karangahake Gorge with the famous “Windows Walk” and the Victoria Battery. Your train ride starts at Waikino Café Station to Waihi Train Station. Our Sherpa Shuttle bus will return you to your car at Paeroa.                                 

 

Waihi – Waikino – Karangahake - Paeroa – 25 kms

Starting from Waihi take the train ride to Waikino Café, your cycle ride takes you through the Victoria Battery and the Karangahake Gorge with the famous “Windows Walk” your ride ending in Paeroa, then shuttle bus back to your car at Waihi Station.

 

Family concession available

 

Add-ons:

  1. E-bikes: add $60.00
  2. Waikino Station Café Add a meal voucher (fixed menu food & drink) - $15.00 per person
  3. Victoria Battery - Wednesday & Sunday only: Add a guided tour and mini-train ride around the Victoria Battery museum and grounds. Victoria Battery Ride

ONE DAY RIDES

Thames to Paeroa

Thames – Paeroa – 33km

With panoramic views of the towering bush clad Coromandel Ranges, the trail meanders alongside the ridal Waihou River through lush, green farm pastures with peacefully grazing cattle. Pass through the small settlements of ages gone by.

Stop at The Cheesebarn in Matatoki and see cheese makers at work.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Shuttle Service if required

 

Bike Hire available from Thames, Paeroa & Waikino Station and TeAroha.

Bike hire includes helmets, locks and small carrier bags on our Comfort Bikes.

ONE DAY RIDES

Thames

Thames Coast Ride – 3km

A short enjoyable 3Km ride up the Coast, past sea birds and pohutukawa trees with views up the Firth of Thames to Waiheke Island.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire

Bike Hire available from Thames, Paeroa & Waikino Station and TeAroha.

Bike hire includes helmets, locks and small carrier bags on our Comfort Bikes.

ONE DAY RIDES

Waihi Pit Rim Trail

​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 2” ride, requiring a little more effort, but is well worth it.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle if required

 

Bike Hire available from Thames, Paeroa & Waikino Station and TeAroha.

Bike hire includes helmets, locks and small carrier bags on our Comfort Bikes.

ONE DAY RIDES

Cycle & Kayak

Paeroa – Te Aroha – 21km

Paeroa – Te Aroha + Town Tour and Kayak the Waihou River

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Town Tour
  • Kayak Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle to take you back to your car in Paeroa

 

Leaving Hauraki Cycle Trail Depot in Paeroa at 10.00 am take a leisurely cycle south to Te Aroha with the bush-clad Kaimai Ranges to the east and the Hauraki Plains to the west. 

 

Plan 1½ - 2 hours for the 21kms ride giving you time at the end of the ride to find one of the food options available in town.

 

Once replenished meet up with Adventure Te Aroha at 1:30 pm for your town tour & kayak down the Waihou River.

Our Sherpa shuttle bus will be waiting to take you back to your car in Paeroa.

 

This package is in association with Adventure Te Aroha (021 123 9321)

NOTE: Kayaking the Waihou River is dependent on water levels.

ONE DAY RIDES

Cycle & Relax

Paeroa – Te Aroha – 21km

Paeroa – Te Aroha + Soak in the Hot Pools

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Hot Pools
  • Sherpa Shuttle to take you back to your car in Paeroa

 

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 in the area and take advantage of the beautiful accommodation and pamper treatments available.

One Day

Hauraki Rail Trail
Day trip from Auckland

Departs Auckland CBD.
Cycle from Paeroa to Waikino and back.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Transport from Auckland & Sherpa Shuttle

 

Departs Auckland CBD every Sunday at approx 9am.

 

This tour comprises of approx 90 mins drive to Paeroa where we join the cycle trail and cycle to Waikino and back passing through the picturesque Karangahake Gorge.

 

This is a truly spectacular Gorge with many interesting historical sites along the way.

 

The Hauraki Rail Trail is a family friendly track which is quite easy to ride with no hills, cycling is the fun way to explore the Gorge.

 

All transport, bike hire and safety helmets are included in the price.

 

This tour can also run on Monday's, Wednesday's or Friday's please call us on 021 420 694 to check availability.

 

Highlights include:

  • Paeroa - Home of L&P Beveridge and the big bottle photo opportunity of course.
  • Cycling along the Hauraki Rail Trail.
  • Karangahake Gorge sightseeing.
  • Cycle through 1km long old railway tunnel.
  • Visit the Historic Gold Mining Victoria stamping battery site.
  • Lunch at Waikino railway station cafe. (free coffee on us)

 

Multi Day Rides

Make an adventure of it with a multi day ride, including shuttle transport and accommodation, plus optional extras like kayaking and hot pools. 

A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 Wonders of New Zealand”. 

Multi day rides

Tour 1
2 days / 1 night

Choose any 2 rides and start any day of the week.
Paeroa – Thames
Paeroa – Waihi
Paeroa – Te Aroha

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle
    Pick up/Drop off at start and a return to Paeroa
  • Accommodation
    twin share in Paeroa

 

* Accommodation does not include meals

 

Our shuttle will take you to one of the trail’s start points. From there you can ride the rail trail to Paeroa. Or cycle to another station (Waihi, Te Aroha, Thames) and our Sherpa shuttle will pick you up and return you to Paeroa.

 

Add-ons: Let us know if you would like to:

  • arrange secure car parking - add $15.00 per night
  • add night’s accommodation before &/or after the ride
  • hire an E- bike – add $60.00 per day
  • snack at Waikino Station café – add $15.00
  • take the Goldfields train Waikino to Waihi
  • experience the Gold Discovery Tour

 

*Additional charges apply for all add-ons

Multi day rides

Tour 2
3 days / 2 nights

Waihi – Paeroa – Thames – Miranda
125 kms

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle
    Pick up/Drop off at start and a return to Paeroa
  • Accommodation
    2 nights twin share
  • Luggage transfers
    or carry your own with rear panniers

* Accommodation does not include meals

Starting from Paeroa our Sherpa shuttle will take you to your journey start at Miranda. Alternatively start from Waihi and reverse the ride.

Day 1 – Cycle Miranda – Thames 47 km
Stay overnight in Thames

Day 2 – Cycle Thames to Paeroa 37 km
Stay overnight in Paeroa

Day 3 – Cycle Paeroa to Waihi 25 km

At the end of your ride our shuttle will pick you up and return you to Paeroa.

Add-ons*: Let us know if you would like to:

  • arrange secure car parking - add $15.00 per night
  • add night’s accommodation before &/or after the ride
  • hire an E- bike – add $60.00 per day
  • snack at Waikino Station café – add $15.00
  • take the Goldfields train Waikino to Waihi
  • experience the Gold Discovery Tour

*Additional charges apply for all add-ons

Multi day rides

Tour 3
4 days / 3 nights

​Miranda – Thames – Paeroa – Waihi – Te Aroha
182 kms

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire
  • Sherpa Shuttle
    Pick up/Drop off at start and a return to Paeroa
  • Accommodation
    2 nights twin share
  • Luggage transfers
    or carry your own with rear panniers

* Accommodation does not include meals

Starting from Paeroa our Sherpa shuttle will take you to your journey start at Miranda. Alternatively start from Te Aroha and reverse the ride.

Day 1 – Cycle Miranda – Thames 47 km o/night in Thames

Day 2 – Cycle Thames to Paeroa 37 km o/night in Paeroa

Day 3 – Cycle Paeroa to Waihi 25 km o/night in Waihi

Day 4 – Cycle Waihi to Te Aroha 47 km

At the end of your ride our shuttle will pick you up and return you to Paeroa.

*Take the Waihi to Waikino train on Day 4 and reduce the ride by 10 km.

*Finishing off in either Te Aroha or Miranda offers the opportunity to relax in the thermal spa/pools before being shuttled back to your vehicle in Paeroa (additional charges apply).

Add-ons*: Let us know if you would like to:

  • arrange secure car parking - add $15.00 per night
  • add night’s accommodation before &/or after the ride
  • hire an E- bike – add $60.00 per day
  • snack at Waikino Station café – add $15.00
  • take the Goldfields train Waikino to Waihi
  • experience the Gold Discovery Tour

*Additional charges apply for all add-ons

Start your biking adventure now

Whether you want to hire a bike, get a shuttle to your starting point, organise a multi-day ride or anything inbetween we have the options for you. 

Bike
Hire

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We have a range of bikes to suit your needs, including e-bikes, mountain bikes and kids bikes. Start with the right bike for the trail and for you.

Sherpa
Shuttle

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The Hauraki Rail Trail Sherpa Shuttle offers a full range of support with shuttle transfers along the trail.