One of the best ways to experience the beautiful Hauraki District is to ride or walk the Rail Trail. A grade one trail, it is suitable for all ages and abilities. Winding from Waihi to Waikino, through the spectacular Karangahake Gorge and on to Paeroa, explore the rich history and beauty of the area.
Incorporate our heritage train ride between Waihi and Waikino into the experience. We have a bike wagon on the train.
Enjoy a Devonshire scone with a cuppa at the friendly Waikino Station Café. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the swimming hole and waterfall at Owharoa, or kick back with a glass of wine for a leisurely lunch at one of the eateries in the Gorge; there is something to suit every taste and budget.
Steeped in history, the relics of the main railway line between Paeroa and Waihi and the gold mining era have been preserved and are ready for you to explore. A visit to the Victoria Battery provides a wealth of information on just how the area boomed during the gold rush.
Get more information on the trail at www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz
Download a map of the Waihi to Paeroa section of the trail.
Hire a bike at www.haurakicycletrail.co.nz
Check out things to do in Waihi at www.waihi.org.nz
Trail Status Notification from Hauraki Rail Trail Trust: 20 May 2019-10 June 2019:
There will be a closure of the bridge at Waitawheta Road while we undertake some urgent repairs during this time. This will affect riders wanting to travel between Waihi/Waikino to Karangahake. Riders will still be able to access Victoria battery/Falls Retreat and Owharoa Falls from Waikino/Waihi side of the trail. Riders wanting to ride the tunnel section from Paeroa, or Karangahake will not be able to cross the bridge to reach the Owharoa Falls. Apologies re the inconvenience.