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Hauraki Rail Trail Thames

407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Great family outing

We have travelled the Hauraki trails in different sections. Most are easy riding and interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Thames, New Zealand
Not the best trail in NZ

Six of us 50-somethings rode most of this trail in April last year. The Miranda section was... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
New Zealand
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The Hauraki Rail Trail is only 1.5 hours from Auckland and passes through Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. The trail is a family friendly and is an easy grade one ride, suitable for all ages and abilities. A true sense of pioneering hospitality and mouth-watering food can be tasted along the way, fare to satisfy the most ardent explorer. The Trail also passes through the Karangahake gorge known as one of New Zealand's 14 wonders.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We have travelled the Hauraki trails in different sections. Most are easy riding and interesting rural but not exciting for the kids. 3 sections were particularly enjoyed. 3rd best is the Miranda leg out to the bird sanctuary. The kids loved the sanctuary and it...More

Thank gorgle
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Six of us 50-somethings rode most of this trail in April last year. The Miranda section was supposed to be open when we made our plans. It wasn't, but we rode it anyway. It was pleasant enough but there is no shade - if fact...More

Thank SallyJP
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

Flat, well marked, scenic bicycle trail through countryside. Lots of places to stop for coffee or bite to eat.

Thank J A
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We cycled Thames - Waihi - Te Aroha, then got a transfer back to Miranda to cycle Miranda to Thames on the newest part of the rail trail. Really lovely trail through farmland, very flat with a slight gradient on the Paeroa to Waihi stretch....More

Thank Gkmsydney
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the effort we really enjoyed the ride some places are more scenic than others. Good trail and signage.

Thank Dizzyr32
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Brilliant. Safe. Lengthy. Well maintained. Much more relaxing than taking your life in your hands on the roads! Ideal for a gentle relaxing cycle of 2 miles or 12 miles. I really enjoyed my cycling on the rail trail

Thank tillylamp
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We parked near the River Lodge and rode with our young girls 4 and 5 through the 1km long tunnel in the gorge. They loved it. The tunnel is now lit which makes it easier.

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Easy cycling on old gravel rail track. We hired bike from Jolly's on the Main Street in Thames. Bikes were suspension mountain bikes though such a spec was a luxury. Several stops for food and drink along the way so no need to carry too...More

1  Thank ryates04
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We had originally booked to cycle the trail over the Easter weekend but delayed our start due to the cyclone coming through. Luckily the trail had little damage but there are still a few slips from a previous storm but nothing that couldn't be ridden...More

2  Thank Dragon_Griffin
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Great trip! Would recommend Sherpa shuttles plus Miranda hot springs holiday park. 11 people completed this from age 6years to 40 something. Everyone managed. Stopped for cheese platter and Devonshire teas. Kids were amazing and we had no problems. Would recommend to other families!

2  Thank Stoney41
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9 November 2015|
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Response from Strickes | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry for the late reply. I hope I am not too late. No it isn't hard to find, it starts at the Train Station in Waihi. We got directions from a bike shop who were very helpful. As previous comment, it is well sign posted... More