We’ve put together an excellent 4 day e-biking getaway on the Hauraki Trail with Jolly Bikes including e-bike hire, transfers, accommodation and some great cuisine!
The laid-back Hauraki Rail Trail is a Great Ride for all ages. With its gentle terrain and abundance of accommodation, cafes and restaurants, it’s one of the easiest and most satisfying trails in the North Island.
Leisurely riding traces the Shorebird Coast, quaint historic towns, lush farmlands, a historic railway corridor through the Karangahake Gorge, and then heads South to Matamata, home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. With options to explore the Coromandel further, it’s the perfect getaway for a relaxed 4 day adventure.
The varied Trail offers a memorable journey across a length of 197 km. As a Grade One cycle trail it is suitable for riders of all ages, fitness and abilities.
Starting in Thames you ride through our beautiful countryside passing small rural communities enjoying the back-country Kiwi experience. This richly historic area was once only accessible via the two rivers, Waihou and Hikutaia. The section of trail begins at first following the old railway line out of Thames town and through lush farmland with memorable views across the Hauraki Plains and forested Kaimai Ranges. Ride on to the historic town of Paeroa, where the ‘world famous in New Zealand’ L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) drink was founded, a true kiwi icon.
Ride from Paeroa through the most popular section of the Rail Trail following the Ohinemuri River through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge, a deep canyon cut through the Kaimai Ranges. This distinctly different landscape includes the cascading Owharoa waterfall, photogenic gold mining sites, and freaky Windows Walkway that burrows through a shadowy side-gorge. The pièce de résistance is an amazing 1100-metre long railway tunnel, wobbled through with the aid of a torch or headlamp. Ride through the Victory Battery, the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia and one of the biggest industrial sites in New Zealand in the early 1900’s. Visit the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi. Get the inside story as you rattle the drill, crank the handles, push the plunger and become immersed in interactive activities before calling it a day!
Ride back to Paeroa through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge which gives you another chance to stop at the many breathtaking spots. From Paeroa you head then on to Te Aroha, it’s an easy journey down to the township of Te Aroha. Heading south, this leisurely section passes through lush Waikato farmland dotted with dairy cows and farm animals. The Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and Mt Te Aroha (952m The Mountain of Love), and expansive views over the Hauraki Plains are a feast for the eyes. Te Aroha is a small and rural town. Its historic mineral spas are a great way to soothe pedal-weary muscles. Te Aroha has a lovely town domain, and is home to some great walkways, quirky art and cafes. Soak in the natural, silky mineral water that has made Te Aroha famous for over 100 years. Relax and unwind in the beautiful wooden tubs that reflect the beautiful natural environment, nestled at the foot of Mount Te Aroha.
Leave Te Aroha at your leisure and make your way to Matamata. The 37km of new trail is an unexpected journey past goat, dairy and thoroughbred farms, with views to the Wairere Falls and the Firth Tower to Hobbiton. The comfortable ride will take approximately 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace.
*3 Nights’ Accommodation at the below motels (or similar – subject to availability):
Pedlars Motel – Paeroa
Trailblazer Studios – Waihi
Te Aroha Motel – Te Aroha
–Jolly Bikes E-Bike hire + pannier, helmet, charger, bike lock, repair kit incl. pump and spare tube for 2 people (4 days)
-Secure car park at JollyBikes Thames premises for the duration of the trip
-Luggage transfers each day between accommodations
Lunch at Matatoki Cheese Barn (Day 1)
Lunch at The Waikino Station Cafe + Waihi Gold Discovery Centre Waihi Gold Experience (Day 2)
Light Lunch at Villa Nine + 45 Minute Mineral Spa – Te Aroha (Day 3)
Light Lunch at Cafe 77 + Shuttle Transfer Matamata to Thames (Day 4)
*This Package is Not Available Starting on a Sunday
*Available Until 30th April 2022, excluding 24th December 2021 to 4th January 2022