Hauraki Rail Trail Itinerary

Hauraki Rail Trail

”The Hauraki Rail Trail is a short drive from Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from the quaint townships of Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi and Matamata. Officially starting from Kaiaua in the North, the start of the trail traces the Shorebird Coast along the Firth of Thames.  Riders enjoy contrasting landscapes from the verdant Hauraki Plains, to the intriguing Karangahake Gorge, carved by the forces of nature.  Finally, there’s a gentle ride South through lush farmlands to the hometown of the Hobbiton Movie Set.”

Hauraki Rail Trail: Secion E

Duration: 2-4 Hours 
Te Aroha to Matamata
Kilometers Travelled: 37

”An unexpected journey past goat, dairy and thoroughbred farms, with views to the Wairere Falls and the Firth Tower to Hobbiton (Matamata).”

This section of the Hauraki Rail Trail is full of beautiful picturesque Waikato countryside. You will ride alongside the stunning Kaimai Ranges with lush farmland on the otherside. As you make your way down from Mt. Te Aroha we have compiled many accommodations as well as activities for you to enjoy on your journey.

Below you will find our section broken into a three part Hauraki Rail Trail itinerary so that you don’t miss out on all that we have to offer you. We also encourage you to contact us about any and all accommodations as we can assist in booking sections or the entire trail for you!

Section 1

Section 1 covers Mt. Te Aroha to Manawaru.

In Mt. Te Aroha you have many activities to choose from including; mineral spas, tramping, swim zone and Advenure Te Aroha.

On the way to Manawaru you can make a slight detour to Waoirongomai Valley for tramping and heritage history. Waiorongomai Valley is just off Te Aroha Gordon road on Waiorongomai Road approximately 2.3 km from the HRT.

Section 2

Section 2 covers Manawaru to Wairere Falls.

Not far from the trail there is another heritage point where the Kaimai air crash memorial sits (apprx. 2.3 km from the trail).

While continuing along the Kaimai Range you will have the option to make another detour worthwhile. Just 2.7 km  from the HRT down Okauia Spings Road is Opal Hot Springs. Here you can have a relaxing dip after a long trek. From Opal Hot springs you can travel 8km north to the stunning Wairere Fall

Section 3

Section 3 cover Matamata and surrounding activities.

There are a number of activities to do in Matamata and the surrounding areas. Matamata offers a large vareity of places to eat and stay. When it comes to activities, we have; Hobbiton, farm tours, heritage walks, garden and animal tours, and so much more.

Below is a link to itineraries we have designed for you. Call or visit our I-site so we can help you experience Matamata!

For further information on the Hauraki Rail Trail visit their website linked below!

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Whether you are starting or ending your Hauraki Rail Trail adventure from Matamata, we are offering our full booking services to you. 

”The varied Waikato Trail offers a memorable journey across 197km of track comprising of 5 sections.  Take the time to enjoy the ride as a 5 day journey at an easy pace.  As a Grade One cycle trail it is suitable for riders of all ages, fitness and abilities.”  Book accommodation, shuttles and bike hires through us here at the i-SITE. You inquire by phone or email.

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