Flexible cancellationsBook stress freeLearn more

Traveller Rating


  • 3 day cycling
  • 1 day optional activities
  • 3 nights hotel/motel
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$1995NZD

Hit the trails with confidence

Flexible Cancellations
Stress free booking, learn more about our flexible terms.

COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 14 people

Trip Code: HRC

Trip highlights

  • Cycle the flat, easy Hauraki Rail Trail between historic gold towns
  • Ride the Miranda Shorebird Coast, internationally renowned for its migratory shorebirds
  • Explore the historic gold mining townships of Thames and Waihi
  • Cycle through the Karangahake Gorge, featuring a 1100m tunnel and intriguing gold mining relics
  • Enjoy a break off the bike at the Matatoki cheese factory
  • Take a swim or walk at Waihi Beach, boasting 9km of stunning white sand
  • Stand tall next to Paeroa’s giant ‘famous in NZ’ L&P bottle
  • Soak up the views of lush Waikato farmland under the gaze of Mt Te Aroha

Explore the wonderfully laidback Hauraki Rail Trail, just an hour’s drive south of Auckland on our 4 day fully supported cycling tour.

The trail traces one of New Zealand’s oldest railway corridors, dating back to 1898, wandering through the Hauraki Plains, before delving into the flinty Karangahake Gorge, strewn with old gold mining relics.

A day off the bike allows us time to explore both the stunning coastline and the Gorge in more depth before our final day's ride through lush Waikato farmland leads us to the end of our journey in Matamata.

Experience the best trailside highlights, including visits to the townships of Paeroa & Te Aroha. The flexibility of our tour enables an extended stay at the delightful Waihi Beach plus some optional excursions to places of interest along the way.

Enquire for private group dates.

Your Hauraki Rail Trail Adventure begins with a short tour briefing in Auckland before driving south to Kaiaua on the Shorebird Coast. After a bike fitting and safety talk, it’s an easy, flat, 10km ride to a hide where we check out the area’s precious birdlife. From there, the trail skirts around the Firth of Thames, offering expansive views of coastal wetlands and verdant farmland, with the volcanic Coromandel Ranges as a dramatic backdrop. Lunch at the Buggar café in Pipiroa fuels us for our afternoon’s ride to Thames, crossing the Waihou River along the way before being welcomed by the community arts trail, scattered with sculptures. Tonight we stay at delightful waterfront accommodation just on the edge of town. Cycling Distance: Up to 55km

Meals:  D

Our second day starts with a delicious breakfast at a local café, before retracing our steps to Kopu and heading south on the old railway line through lush farmland. A coffee stop at the Matatoki Cheese factory, gears us up for our next ride through the township of Paeroa, ‘world famous in New Zealand’ for its giant L&P bottle. After lunch, we follow the Ohinemuri River into the dramatic Karangahake Gorge and the most popular section of the Rail Trail. The gorge is a sharply winding canyon, formed by the river. Highlights include the cascading Owharoa waterfall, fascinating gold mining sites and an amazing 1100-metre long railway tunnel. Finishing at Waihi, New Zealand’s ‘Heart of Gold’ we then transfer to Waihi Beach for the next 2 nights. Cycling Distance: Up to 58km

Meals:  B

A well earned day off the saddle today, giving us time to enjoy the fantastic coastline, wander the local townships and get more up close and personal with the Karangahake Gorge. The day starts with a short wander along the gorgeous white sand of Waihi Beach to a beachfront café for breakfast. Tide permitting, we can continue to stretch our legs with a delightful walk from the northern end of Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay. We then have the opportunity to explore Martha’s Mine on the Pit Rim walkway. If our timing fits the train schedule, we can take the historic Goldfields train back to Waikino in the Karangahake Gorge. The Windows Walk in the Gorge boasts beautiful scenery and spectacular mining remnants including disused gold mining tunnels. Back to the beach for our second night and after a day on our feet we’ll be back in the saddle tomorrow for the final section of the rail trail.

Meals:  B,D

This morning, we’ll head back to Paeroa to pick up the next section of the trail to Te Aroha. Along the way we’ll ride through Waikato farmland with wide-ranging views across the Hauraki Plains. After lunch we embark on the last, and newest, section of the trail through fertile plains, ravines, impressive horse studs, goat farms and groves of scented trees. We finish our journey in the rural town of Matamata, referred to by many today as Hobbiton. After some drinks and nibbles to celebrate new friendships and our completion of the Hauraki Rail Trail, we’ll drive back to Auckland. Cycling Distance: Up to 60km

Meals:  B,L



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


  • Tasty breakfasts (x3), lunches (x1), dinners (x2) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 3 nights comfortable motel/lodge ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Transport from Auckland (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Optional activities (eg Goldfields historic railway ride Waihi to Waikino)
  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


Bike information



The Hauraki Rail Trail is graded introductory. The gravel trail is easy, wide and flat for most of the way. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 4 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. The more time you have spent on your bike in preparation and riding on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.

Departure dates


Holiday Season
Peak Holiday Supplement, Christmas, New Year, Easter etc

Want to organise a private group?

Fundraising events, sporting groups, family treats; learn how you can organise a Private Group from just 6 travellers.

Total Priceper person from


Options & Supplements*
  • Peak Holiday Supplement, Christmas, New Year, Easter etcNZD$100
  • Bike RentalNZD$300
  • Single SupplementNZD$395
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$400
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Hauraki Rail Trail trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

Trip reviews


Hauraki Rail Trail | Adventure South NZ | Cycling

Similar trips

Untamed wilderness of the West Coast | Lachlan Gardiner
New Zealand
59 Reviews
Cycle over the grand Poolburn Viaduct | Lachlan Gardiner
New Zealand
38 Reviews
Celebrating at the top of the Tarnbrae high point! | Rebecca Ryan
New Zealand
180 Reviews
Stunning blue waters on the Lake Dunstan Trail | Lisa Jones
New Zealand
20 Reviews
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips