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Hauraki Rail Trail Thames

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Address: 407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
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The Hauraki Rail Trail is only 1.5 hours from Auckland and passes through...

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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Had a blast riding to Puriri on the Hauraki Rail Trail. Great to see another perspective and the ride was easy and relaxing. Opportunities to visit Matatoki Cheese and have a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 25, 2016
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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106 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Had a blast riding to Puriri on the Hauraki Rail Trail. Great to see another perspective and the ride was easy and relaxing. Opportunities to visit Matatoki Cheese and have a coffee and meal. Also e joyed going back into Thames and riding the Coastal walkway to Tararu and taking in the history of Thames.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

We rode from Paeroa to Waikino 28 km return. Awesome perspective not seen when driving the same route. Very easy - pretty much flat the whole way. Biking thru the tunnel rather interesting (1.2km) def need a torch! Bike hireage easy process as well!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

My wife & I decided to hike a section of the trail from the Waikino station cafe and back again taking in the Windows walk and the Rail tunnel loop. Probably about 7km round trip. we started at approx 1pm and returned to the station cafe about 4:30pm. it is an excellent walk with lots of variety and very scenic.... More 

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Boston MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

I was riding from Thames to Ta Aroha as part of a longer trip, so I was glad to have discovered this trail. The biggest issue I had was that the surface is packed gravel, which wasn't that friendly to my road bike, though if you've got a mountain bike or hybrid it shouldn't be a problem. There also seemed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

We did the return trip Paeroa to Waihi on mountain bikes. If you are unsure of the route the Paeroa information centre has a helpful map. The route is flat and follows the Gorge. Take a torch for the tunnels. If you want to you can catch the train from Wakino to Waihi, the train also takes bikes. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2016

This trail is best done on a mountain bike a hybrid would be OK. The trail is a gravel surface of varying quality there are some small hills. There is a couple of coffee shops on the way for refreshments. An enjoyable ride.

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Silver City, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

I did the trail from Thames to Paeroa; Paeroa to Waihi and back; and then Paeroa to Te Aroha. Very easy grade and the scenery for the first two legs was outstanding! Highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

We rented two excellent comfortable bikes from the rail trail centre in Thames and had a delightful day's cycling off road past fields of cows with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is good for all levels of fitness and we practically had the whole trail to ourselves! Take plenty of water with you although there seem to be good cafes along the way.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2016

Thames to Paeroa is a flat easy ride even for overweight older dudes! The only challenge is the width of the numerous cattle stops which are narrow enough to make you wonder if you are going to make it across without doing any major mischief to ones body parts.

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