5-Day Bike Tour

Hauraki Rail Trail

Join us on an awesome 5-day adventure taking on one of New Zealand's iconic cycle trails. Experience the Firth of Thames, Waikato's historic mining towns and lush farmland.

5-Day Trail: Matamata - Kaiaua – Thames – Paeroa – Karangahake Gorge – Te Aroha – Matamata 
+ Twilight Glow Worm Kayak Tour


5 Days



Tour Price

From $1325 per person

Activity Grade


Join us on an awesome 5 day adventure taking on one of New Zealand’s iconic cycle trails! 

See for yourself the Firth of Thames, Waikato's historic mining towns and lush farmland.

This package is well suited to those wanting to get off the beaten track and includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, shuttles, transfers, and our signature Twilight Glow Worm Kayak Tour.

This cycle adventure is suitable for all riders from beginners to those with moderate fitness.

Day 1 - Shuttle Pickup + Kaiaua

(55 km)

Your 5-day bike adventure starts with a pickup from Matamata. From here we take a scenic drive to the seaside village of Kaiaua. Today’s 55km ride will give your group the chance to familiarise themselves with the bikes and the trail, and generally blow out a few travel cobwebs. Ride along chenier banks beside the Firth of Thames, taking in the Shorebirds and lush farmlands with magnificent views to the Coromandel Ranges.

Pass by the Pūkorokoro Shorebird Centre before heading onwards towards Thames where accommodation is at the charming Lady Bowen B&B built in 1868 or Thames newest motel Tuscany on Thames. Thames provides plenty of dining options.

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Day 2 - Thames to Paeroa


Morning dawns and ahead of you is the 34km stage from Thames to Paeroa. Along the way the Matatoki Cheese Barn is a highlight, as is the Historical Maritime Park (once New Zealand’s most inland port). 
Paeroa is home to the iconic Kiwi softdrink ‘L&P’ as well as many antiques and collectables shops. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the comfortable Pedlars Motel next to the Ohinemuri River.

Day 3 - Paeroa to Waihi

(24 km)

The hero day on the Hauraki Rail Trail with plenty of extra activities to keep you busy. 

The 24km trail follows the incredible Karangahake Gorge including the cascading Owharoa waterfall, photogenic gold mining sites, the Victoria Battery museum, and the infamous Windows Walkway which is a real must-do. Another absolute highlight is riding through an amazing 1100-metre long railway tunnel. 

Enjoy a fantastic overnight stay in the modern Trailblazer Studios in Waihi or you can return to Paeroa for a second night at Pedlars Motel. 

Day 4 - Waihi to Te Aroha

(47 km) Waihi to Te Aroha 

Ride back through the stunning, Karangahake Gorge to take in those extra sights you may have missed the day before before making your way from Paeroa to Te Aroha following the Kaimai ranges.

(32 km) Paeroa to Te Aroha 

If you have decided to stay two nights in Paeroa you will enjoy an easy 23km journey down to the quaint town of Te Aroha nestled at the foot of the Kaimai Range. The town is famous for its Victorian-era mineral spas, renowned for their healing properties since the 1800s. 

There are some excellent walking tracks nearby, and the helpful staff at the local i-Site are happy to give you a few pointers. Accommodation is at the centrally located Te Aroha Motel.

Day 5 - Te Aroha to Matamata

(37 km)

The final day on the Hauraki Rail Trail, a gentle 37km section which passes through fertile plains, significant horse studs, goat farms, groves of scented trees, the scenic Wairere Falls, Stanley Landing and the Firth Tower before reaching the finish line in Matamata. 

Congratulations are in order – you have just completed an epic journey of almost 200kms! 

Our shuttle will meet you where your adventure started in Matamata where you have time relax in your accommodation either Broadway Motel in Matamata or Hidden Lake Hotel in Cambridge before finishing with our spectacular Twilight Glowworm Kayak Tour with Riverside Adventures. 

Day 6 - Karapiro

After your 5-day bike tour, take a free day to experience and enjoy some of the nearby local attractions including Hobbiton, the Blue Springs walkway, Sanctuary Mountain, Camjet, Stonehill Horse Treks etc. 

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From $1325pp

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