Choose from one of our unforgettable Hauraki Rail Trail Tour packages

½ Day 

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

1 Day 

Self-guided Cycling Adventure from Paeroa to Waihi, including Gold Discovery Centre

2 Days

Cycling Adventure from Thames via Paeroa to Waihi.

4 days

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

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

Waihi Falls

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.

Minimum 2 people.

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 and a shuttle returns you and your bike to Paeroa at 4.00pm.

Price: 

E-Bike: NZD 279 pp
Standard bikes: NZD 249 pp / Children up to 12 years NZD 229 pp

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: NZD 599 pp
Standard Bike: NZD 529 pp / Children up to 12 years NZD 499 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 from our store at 96 Richmond Street Thames. We will arrange a shuttle to depart at 10 am to take you to the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda where you can begin your ride. Distance 48 flat km. It will take about 3-4 hours to meander back to Thames. The Sculpted Metal shop at Waitakaruru is worth visiting, on the opposite side of the road is a country store for ice-cream. The Bugger Cafe is a very popular spot for lunch.

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 NZD 1,299 pp (three nights)
Standard: NZD 1,099 pp (three nights) / Children up to 12 years NZD 1,079 (three nights)
Price with tour guide on request. 

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