7-Day Bike Tour

Hauraki Rail Trail


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

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

Duration

7 Days

Ages

8+

Tour Price

From $1579 per person

Activity Grade

Beginner


Join us on an awesome week-long 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

(10 km)

Your 7-day bike adventure starts with a pickup from Auckland Airport (or your accommodation), from here we take a scenic drive to the seaside village of Kaiaua. Today’s short 10km ride will give your group the chance to familiarise themselves with the bikes and the trail, and generally blow out a few travel cobwebs. 

Pass by the Pūkorokoro Shorebird Centre before reaching our overnight stop at the Miranda Holiday Park which has its own thermal hot spring pool – just perfect for a relaxing soak.

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Day 2 - Kaiaua to Thames

(45 km)

Continue along the Hauraki Rail Trail enjoying expansive views of coastal wetlands, farmland and the volcanic Coromandel Ranges towards the historic town of Thames. This 45km section will really get the legs warmed up as you follow the coastline before heading north at the old Kopu Bridge.

Accommodation is at the charming Lady Bowen B&B built in 1868, and Thames provides plenty of dining options.

Day 3 - Thames to Paeroa

(34km)

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 4 - Waihi to Paeroa

(24 km)

The hero day on the Hauraki Rail Trail with plenty of extra activities to keep you busy. Our shuttle will drop you at Waikino Station to catch a ride on the heritage railway to Waihi where you can visit the operational Martha Mine and the Gold Discovery Centre. 

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, before returning to Paeroa.

Day 5 - Paeroa to Te Aroha

(32 km)

Ride the 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 Te Aroha Motel.

Day 6 - 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 next to the iconic Hobbiton inspired i-Site and will transport your group to the fabulous Lakeview Lodge. Settle in and enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner accompanied by panoramic vistas over beautiful Lake Karapiro… heavenly!

Day 7 - Karapiro

After your 7-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. 

Keep some energy in reserve for our incredible guided kayak glowworm tour this evening, a truly unique way to cap off a great adventure. No kayaking experience is necessary, all equipment is provided, and our shuttle will transport your group to and from Lakeview Lodge.

*Day 8 includes transfers to Auckland, or to any destination in the central North Island as required.

Package inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 x breakfast, 1 x dinner
  • Hardtail mountain bike hire
  • All shuttle transport and baggage transfers
  • Twilight kayak glowworm tour

Pricing

From $1579pp

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