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Hauraki Rail Trail Thames

407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Great day out

Easy cycling on old gravel rail track. We hired bike from Jolly's on the Main Street in Thames... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Great Family Adventure!!

We had originally booked to cycle the trail over the Easter weekend but delayed our start due to... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Auckland, NZ
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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407 Mackay Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5140
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank ryates04
Reviewed 21 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

1  Thank Dragon_Griffin
Reviewed 17 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!

1  Thank Stoney41
Reviewed 12 April 2017

One of the NZ great rides--primarily along an old rail bed so easy technically. Rode Paeroa to Wahi and back. Scenic and leisurely or you can put the pedal to the metal for a workout. The old rail tunnel at 1.1 km was fun as...More

1  Thank Erik B
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed at Thames overnight after this ride. 35 kms of easy track. Got Tui Blue shuttle back. Trevor was our driver. Very friendly and professional. Great night out in Thames at the Thai on Pollen street. Stayed at imperial hotel. All good. Thoroughly recommend.

Thank Whittakb
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This track to Kaiaua along Miranda has very poor up keep The grass covers the track in Alot of places and it's hard to tell between the so called bike track and a paddock the grass is that Long Not kid friendly or if you...More

Thank shimmintoddy
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hired some bikes from Paki Paki bike hire in Thames which were $30 each per day. The bikes had seen a bit of use but were fine for the purpose. The track runs as far as Waihi but we just rode...More

Thank 3069jones
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This ride is good and it works for any fitness level. Breath the fresh country air. Stop off at the cheese barn or enjoy a coffee along the way. This ride is great for families.

Thank whowesit
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We rode the Hauraki Rail Trail in 2 days. On day 1 we rode from Thames to Waihi. The ride was mainly through farms on a dedicated track with many cattle grids to ride over. It was picturesque and pleasant and flat. We stopped for...More

Thank jashmawa
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Last week my cycling group decided to have a look and a ride on this new link which is not yet officially open. The track itself is a bit rough due to its unfinished state but has some good features. I really liked the new...More

Thank estelle_cashmore
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Me and my husband intend to cycle from Waihi Beach to Thames along the trail. We are doing a circuit around the Peninsula and this will be our last day. It is the only bit of our trip that I am a little concerned about because the rest is following the 25 and so really easy to navigate. So I wondered, is it easy to find the start of the trail in Waihi and is it well marked? Do we need to pay at the beginning to use the trail? If so, are there specific opening times etc. Also, do how long the tunnel is and I am assuming I need lights on the bike! Any tips would be most welcome. Thanks,
8 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