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​ Tour 2 - The Gold Rush Tour

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1-day self-guided cycling adventure

Embark on a picturesque journey along the Hauraki Rail Trail from Paeroa to Waihi, featuring the renowned Gold Discovery Centre.

Cruise along the Hauraki Rail Trail, starting from the historic town of Paeroa, known for its charming antique shops. Traverse the captivating Karangahake Gorge, nestled in the Kaimai Ranges, following the Ohinemuri River. The highlight of this trail is the mesmerising Owharoa Waterfall, offering breathtaking landscapes. Explore historic sites like the Karangahake mining areas and the iconic Victoria Battery, erected in 1897. Delve into the Windows Walk, leading you through old mining facilities in a side gorge. The pièce de résistance is the 1100-meter-long railway tunnel repurposed as a bike tunnel, guiding you through the gorge. Stop at Waikino Station for a delightful break at the Waikino Station Cafe, offering great food.

Upon reaching Waihi, dive into history at the Waihi Gold Discovery Center. A shuttle awaits at 4 pm to effortlessly return you to Paeroa. Take your time – there's no rush; the entire day is yours.

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

Check with us before booking, as the Gold Discovery Centre may not be open every day.

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Explore the Windows Walkway in the Karangahake Gorge for a 45-minute to 1-hour bush adventure, immersing yourself in the Gold-Mining history of the area. Make a quick stop at the Owharoa Falls to appreciate its natural beauty.

Included Services:

  • Bike hire incl. instructions

  • Helmet, Lock & Bike Bag Hire

  • Map and travel tips

  • Entry to the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi (if open)

  • Shuttle from Waihi to Paeroa

  • Panniers included upon request


  • E-Bike: NZ$ 350 pp

  • Standard bikes: NZ$ 250 pp

  • Children up to 12 years NZ$ 200 pp

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

*Get a 5% discount on your tour when you pay in full at least 2 months before the booking date.


  • Pre- or post-tour accommodation is available at $200 per night when booked alongside your tour reservation.

Our tour pricing is based on a minimum of two people, with discounts available for larger groups. Additionally, JollyBikes ensures customer satisfaction with our price matching guarantee against comparable tours from competitors.

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Rental Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum age for renting e-bikes is 18 years old.  However children under 18 may be able to use the e-bikes under parental supervision. Please contact us in advance to discuss.

  • Half day - 4 hours bike rental.

  • Monday - Friday hires must be returned no later than 4:30 pm. Saturdays hires must be returned no later than 1:30 pm. Sundays hire by negociation in prior to the day.

  • Optional accidental damage insurance: Standard bikes incur a fee of $10 per day, while e-bikes are subject to a $20 per day charge.

  • Surcharge for usage on mountain bike tracks: 50% of standard price (due to more intensive cleaning requirements and higher wear and tear).

  • One way hire - available on request in advance at an additional cost.

  • Discount for rentals: 4+ days: 15% off total price

  • Public holiday surcharge extra $30 per booking

  • Bike availability may vary.

  • For full Terms & Conditions click here.


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