The Hauraki Rail Trail is a Grade 1 off-road bike path that follows the historic railway corridor between Thames and Waihi. For our first time we decided to pick up the trail in Paeroa and bike approximately 25 kilometers to Waihi. This route includes a 1-kilometer tunnel, passes through the Karangahake Gorge, past ruins of former gold mines and follows Ohinemuri River. In Waihi we visited Martha Mine, one of the few still in operation. Then we gave ourselves a break and rode the Goldfields Railway 10km back. Following a brief refuel at Waikino Tavern we reconnected with the Rail Trail and retraced our morning ride to the big L&P bottle in Paeroa.
It was a beautiful ride. The rain that had been forecasted held off. While there were hikers and bikers on the trail it was never crowded. I’m looking forward to returning to bike another section.
Dates: 03 June 2017
Travel with: Allen & the Marshalls
Weather: 50-60s with light breeze, mostly sunny
Accommodation: n/a This was a day trip from Auckland; 90 minutes by car.
- bike Paeroa to Waihi on the Hauraki Rail Trail
- Goldfields Historic Railway Waihi to Waikino
Food & Drink:
- Court Yard Cafe, Paeroa
- Waikino Tavern
- L & P Cafe, Bar & Brasserie, Paeroa
Transportation: car, bike & train