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Three cycle trails to explore near Waihi Beach

Three cycle trails to explore near Waihi Beach

Wind in your hair, the road behind you, and two wheels beneath you. Life is just better on a bike ride.

Luckily for you, Waihi Beach is home to some of New Zealand’s spectacular cycle roadtrips. Waihi Beach is right in the middle of one of New Zealand’s longest cycle trails, the Hauraki Rail Trail. This makes Waihi the perfect destination for some cycling day trips, or just a great stop along your cycling journey. 

1. Goldfields Heritage Railway Track

Another shorter track as part of the Hauraki Rail Trail, this 9 kilometre track is a lot of fun for the whole family. Start your journey in Waihi and cycle through to Waikino. After a decent bike ride, grab something to eat at the Waikino Station Cafe, walk through the Karangahake Gorge, or swim in the nearby Owharoa Falls. 

The best part about this ride is that it is adjacent to Goldfields Heritage Railway Track. This railway is fully operational and has dedicated space for bikes. After you are worn out from your cycling adventure, hop on the train and enjoy the scenic ride back to your starting point. 

Check the Goldfields Heritage Railway website for more information including their timetable. 

2. Karangahake Gorge Cycling

Cycle straight through the Karangahake Gorge on this short and unique bike track. Part of the larger Hauraki Rail Trail, this track begins at Karangahake Gorge carpark and ends at Waikino Station, leading you through the Karangahake Tunnel. The picturesque scenery of the track in addition to the flat terrain makes this a great casual ride. 

This track is 6.6 kilometres one-way and we do recommend bringing a headlamp for going through the tunnel. While the tunnel has lighting, it can still be relatively dark. 

View the map here.

3. Hauraki Rail Trail

The Hauraki Rail Trail is an easy grade-one cycling trail, suitable for all ages and abilities. A great day out with the family or an adventure all on your own.

You may wish to enjoy the journey over two or three days or enjoy a day ride. You can access the trail from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi or Te Aroha.

The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history. 

We recommend visiting the official trail website to get planning your ride today.

Distances

Waikino to Paeroa – 14 km
Paeroa to Te Aroha – 23 km
Paeroa to Thames – 33 km

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