Our popular Hauraki Experience Tours

Tour 1 - Easy Cheesy

½ Day Cycling Adventure from Thames to the award winning Matatoki Cheese Barn.

For everyone. Enjoy a short (45-60 min) relaxed ride through our lush countryside to the Matatoki Cheese Barn. A light lunch meal is included (e.g. pizza or cheese platter).
Minimum 2 people
Distance: 24km return.Time required: 3-4 hours (comfortable).
Recommendation: Electric Bike. We will fit you on the bikes before you leave the shop. Full instructions will be given on how to use an e-bike and there is an opportunity to try one in case you are unsure. Standard bikes of course are also available. Fitness level: Low to moderate. Includes: helmets, locks, and meal voucher for 2.
Price:
E-Bike: NZ$129 pp
(Standard bike: NZ$99 / children up to 12 years NZ89 pp)

Optional: Half day tour guide, NZD 200 

Tour 2 - The Gold Rush Tour

1 Day self-guided Cycling Adventure from Paeroa to Waihi, including Gold Discovery Centre

Ride from the historic town of Paeroa through NZ bush to the scenic and serene Karangahake Gorge. Enjoy the well-known Windows Walk and be surprised at the rich gold mining history of this lovely area. Admire the majestic Owharoa falls. Enjoy lunch at the Waikino Station Cafe and reach the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre to put everything you saw into perspective. Don’t rush - you have all day.
Distance: 24 km one-way
Riding time: 2-4 hours
Overall duration: 6-7 hours
Attractions: NZ bush and historic railway tunnel and station, “windows walk”, Owharoa Falls, Waihi Gold Experience/Waihi Gold Rush Encounter.
Fitness level: Low to moderate
Includes: helmets, locks, maps, bags, vouchers for lunch at the cafe, and entry to the Gold Discovery Centre.

Price: E-Bike: NZD 199 pp, (Standard bikes: NZD 179 pp)

Optional: Add NZD 70 pp (min 2 persons) and a shuttle can return you and your bike to Paeroa at 4.00pm.  

Optional: Full day tour guide, + NZD 280 


Tour 3 - Hauraki Discovery

2 Day Cycling Adventure from Thames via Paeroa to Waihi.

On day one you ride through our beautiful countryside passing small rural communities enjoying the back-country Kiwi experience. Morning tea at the award winning Matatoki Cheese Barn, voucher included and just 45-60 mins in to your journey. Then ride on to your first destination, the historic town of Paeroa, where the ‘world famous in New Zealand’ L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) drink was founded, a true kiwi icon. Paeroa is also the ‘Antique’ town of New Zealand. You will have time to browse the quirky antique shops.
Day 2. Ride from Paeroa through NZ bush to the scenic and serene Karangahake Gorge. Enjoy the well-known Windows Walk and be surprised at the rich gold mining history of this lovely area. Continue on to the mining town Waihi - by bike or with the historic train - where you will visit the Gold Discovery Centre to put everything you saw into perspective.
The shuttle to bring you back to Thames will depart Waihi at 4pm.
Minimum 2 people
Distance: 34km (Thames to Paeroa), 24km (Paeroa to Waihi)
Riding time: Day 1: 3-4 hours  Day 2: 2-3 hours (excluding walks)
Attractions: L&P bottle, Antique shops, NZ bush and historic railway tunnel and station, ‘Windows walk’, Owharoa Falls, Waihi Gold Experience/Waihi Gold Rush Encounter.
Fitness level: Low to moderate
Includes: Helmets, locks, Overnight accomodation at Pedlars Motel Paeroa (shared twin), Shuttle back to Thames.

Optional: Gold Discovery Centre entry

Price
E-Bike: $619 pp
Standard: $539 pp

Price with tour guide on request. 

Tour 4 - The Great Hauraki Rail Trail Tour

4 day complete Hauraki Rail Trail cycling experience from Miranda, via Thames, Paeroa, Waihi to spa town Te Aroha.

Day 1: Pick up your bikes am at our Thames base and ride along mangroves and through flat dairy land to The Miranda Hot Pools. Distance 40 kms. Have a soak and then have a shuttle return you to Thames. Alternatively, visit the nearby Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and do a stroll to the bird hides on the shore, before the shuttle picks you up. Overnight in Thames.

Day 2: Ride from Thames to Paeroa, 34 kms, again flat. Have a stop at a small cheese factory and cafe, the Cheese Barn. The trail then winds through farmland and small rural communities, between the Hauraki Plains and Coromandel mountain range. Overnight in Paeroa, famous for it's many quirky antique shops.

Day 3: Ride from Paeroa to Waihi through the very scenic Karangahake Gorge. This part of the trail is only 22 kms but a highlight of the trail and lots to do and see here. There are walks on offer and tours through the Karangahake Gorge itself and old mining tunnels (bring a torch!), the old stamper batteries, a very scenic waterfall and several wonderful places to have lunch. Overnight in Waihi.

Day 4: Ride back to Paeroa and then on to Te Aroha, through very lush green farmland, a distance of 44 kms and also all flat. You can integrate a historic train ride here. If you were to make an earlystart and were in Te Aroha around lunchtime, you might want to take a short hike up Whakapipi Lookout (approx. 45min one-way on Mt Te Aroha Summit Track). Alternatively, stroll through the old thermal bath domain and relax in your private pool, or take a walk though the Te Aroha wetlands, a short walk away from the town centre. A shuttle will pick you up around 4 pm to return you to your starting point in Thames. 

Fitness level: Low to moderate
Includes: Helmets, locks, accommodation, 2x shuttle back to Thames.
Optional: Kayak tour and other extras

Price
E-Bike: from $1,299 pp (three nights)
Standard: $1,099 pp (three nights)
Price with tour guide on request. 



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Not only Rail Trail: Some simple options for 1-day tours (from Thames)

Along the Hauraki Rail Trail e.g. to the Matatoki Cheese Barn 

(~ 40 minutes) or further. 

Along Thames Scenic Coast e.g. to Waiomu Beach Café 

(~ 1 hr 15 minutes) or further.

Through the Kauaeranga Valley e.g. to the DOC Visitor Centre and Café 

(~ 1 hr) or further. 

All time estimates refer to one way. Please add in enough time for rest and taking photos.

Our stations in Paeroa and Coromandel will give you their own suggestions !

The Hauraki Rail Trail

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Forest and Fields on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
Forest, hills and fields on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
Kid riding bike on a Bridge on the Hauraki Rail Trail
Fields with lamas on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
Trees and fields River, bridge and forest on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
Kid riding an electric bike on the Hauraki Rail Trail
Kid riding an electric bike on the Hauraki Rail Trail
Teenager riding an electric bike on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
River, bridge and forest on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour
Adult riding a bike on past a waterfall on the Hauraki Rail Trail Bike tour

Thames Scenic Coast

Map of the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Ocean, Forest and Beach on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Ocean, beach and forest on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Ocean and Beach on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
A beach full of birds on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Hills with forest and a cafe on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Hills with trees and houses by a road on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Hills and trees by a beach on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour
Beach with stones on the Thames Scenic Coast Bike tour

Kauaeranga Valley

The Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour map
A River and a road with hills and trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
A River with hills and trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
A River with hills and trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
Little house with hills and trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
 A river with trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
Adult riding an electric bike through the forest on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
A road with trees on the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
Two adults riding electric bikes along the Kauaeranga Valley Bike tour
 

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