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Your cycling holiday starts here! The Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki cycle route offers riders an easy 83km trail that weaves its way through the Coromandel’s rich gold mining history.
Are you looking for an easy trail while on your cycling holiday in New Zealand?
Weaving a route through the Coromandel's historic gold mining past, the 83 km Hauraki Rail Trail is a Grade one trail (the easiest), and its wide paths and gentle slopes make it one of the least demanding cycle trails the country has to offer - ideal for beginners or those travelling with kids.
The trail begins in Thames, a 90 minute drive from Auckland, and a town steeped in history as a gold mining frontier of the late 1800s. To dig up more about the town's heritage, be sure to check out the Thames Historical Museum.
From Thames you'll gradually weave your way south through New Zealand's stunning Coromandel towards Paeroa, another historical town and home to New Zealanders' most beloved soft drink: Lemon and Paeroa. The trail winds lazily through farmland and fauna, allowing you the opportunity to travel at your own pace while getting up close and personal with nature.
When you arrive in Paeroa, pick up a bottle of the local soft drink and check out the myriad of antique shops that line the streets. There are also many accommodation options in Paeroa, so it's a good idea to spend the night here and resupply. Make sure you snap a photo with the giant L&P bottle!
When you're feeling refreshed, continue riding along the trail to Te Aroha, following the vintage railway. The tracks crisscrossing through the dense forestry make for some sensational views, so make sure you've got your camera ready.
From Te Aroha, you'll return to Paeroa, and prepare for the final leg of the journey. This part of the trail runs from Paeroa, through the jaw-dropping Karangahake Gorge, and finishes at Waikino Station, where riders have the choice of taking the train to Waihi or continuing to cycle into town.
Waihi marks the end of the Hauraki Rail Trail and the end of your ride through history. The town has a rich heritage, so take some time to explore and perhaps spend a night or two here to relax and enjoy the beach.