We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great for the unpractised riders!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hauraki Rail Trail Thames

Hauraki Rail Trail Thames
407 MacKay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
0064 7 8685140
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Thames
Type: Biking Trails, Sports
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great for the unpractised riders!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

A very easy trail suitable for the whole family! We took two days to complete all three legs of it. There are chances to stop for refreshments frequently,including devonshire teas on the Paeroa-Te Aroha leg, which is not advertised on the trail map currently. We carried a backpack each with our gear and this did not make any difference to the difficulty of the ride due to the flattish trail. The most historical and interesting leg is the Paeroa-Waikino leg. There is plenty of accomodation in each of the legs of travel. The last 14 km into Te Aroha is without any shade so go prepared. Also, there is no water stop available on the Paeroa-Te Aroha leg. The trail is all off road, gravel and very flat. We did not practise at all beforehand and did not have to walk any of it. It is a bit difficult to find the actual start of it out of Thames if you do not know this town at all. We caught the shuttle bus back for two legs, though this is pricey ($80 for two adults and their bikes). There is secure car parking within the business compound if needed. To find nice food in Paeroa after 2:30 is a bit of a mission. Really lovely wee restaurant at Owharoa Falls (The Bistro) to consider eating at if in Waikino area.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

28 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    11
    12
    5
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellant condition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Great easy ride - good family ride, lots of people using it. hope they are all up to this quality, parking was a hard to find, we started half way through as we had a notice rider.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tauranga,
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great cycle ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Last week a group of 10 friends cycled the section of the Hauraki Rail Trail between the Waikino Railway Station and Paeroa and back. We were all very impressed with the trail, the scenery and the amount of use it is getting. Some of us are novice cyclists but we were able to complete the trail if not easily then very close to it. The tunnel was interesting as we're the old mining relics at the side of the trail.
We thoroughly recommend the cafe up Waitawheta road opposite the big waterfall. We enjoyed a very relaxed lunch after we had completed 90% of the trail. Highly recommend.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A great weekend ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We 5 women , of a certain age, rented a beautiful lodge in the Karangahake gorge and did the rail trail in 3 bites. Saturday rode Paeroa to Thames , looked around Thames and rode back. Through lush farmland. Sunday Paeroa to Waihi, spectacular gorge ride through historic gold mining area, train part of the way then the 'Rim Ride' in Waihi . Back same way. Monday Paeroa to Te Aroha, more lush farm land. Would recommend, flat ride with 100 rideable cattle grids to add a little excitement !!

Visited December 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The trail is nice and easy and relaxing - perfect for a couple of days getting away from things. Josh and the team were really helpful and the bikes were comfortable. Everyone along the trail was friendly and helpful. Our boys could ride independently of adults - just arrange a meeting point or tell them to wait at the road. Great fun to do with a group

Visited December 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hauraki Rail Trail Thames also viewed

Thames, Coromandel Peninsula
Thames, Coromandel Peninsula
 
Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula
 

Been to Hauraki Rail Trail Thames? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hauraki Rail Trail Thames, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.