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Tour 2 - The Gold Rush Tour

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

Ride along the Rail Trail from the historic town of Paeroa, which is known for its antique shops. Then through the scenic Karanagahake Gorge into the Goldmine town of Waihi. 

The most popular section of the Rail Trail is through the Karangahake Gorge following the Ohinemuri River. A deep canyon cutting through the Kaimai Ranges. This area has breathtaking landscapes such as the Owharoa WaterFall. Also through the gorge are many places of historic significance, like the Karangahake mining sites, the Victoria Battery which was erected in 1897 and going past the Windows Walk which sends you through old mining facilities, burrowed in a side gorge. The pièce de résistance is the 1100 meter long railway tunnel which has been repurposed as a bike tunnel, to aid you through riding through the gorge. Halfway down the ride there is the Waikino Station which holds the Waikino Station Cafe, where you can enjoy great food. Once you reach Waihi you can look back on the history by visiting the Waihi Gold Discovery Center. At the end of the day, a shuttle will bring you back to Paeroa departing at 4pm. There is no rush during the day, You have all day.

Duration: 6-7 hours (incl. walks/attractions), 24 km

Fitness level: Low to moderate (slight uphill towards Waihi)

Trail Condition: Easy and straight Gravel Trail

Group Size: Min. 2 people 

Waihi Falls


Check out the Windows Walkway which is in the Karangahake Gorge to enjoy the bush and to see the Gold-Mining history in the area. (Approx, 45 Minutes - 1 hour). Also have a quick stop at the Owharoa Falls to take in the beauty of the Falls. 

Included Services:

  • Bike hire incl. instructions
  • Helmet, Lock & Bike Bag Hire
  • Map and travel tips
  • Meal voucher for lunch at the Waikino Station Cafe
  • Entry to the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi
  • Shuttle from Waihi to Paeroa at 4pm


E-Bike: NZ$ 329 pp

Standard bikes: NZ$ 299 pp/Children up to 12 years NZ$ 279 pp

Optional: Full day tour guide, NZ$ 280 per group 


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