Hauraki rail trail

Country: New Zealand
Region: Coromandel
Outdoor activity: Cycling
Sustainable tourism rating:écotourisme-5-SOL

New Zealand has many cycling paths(from a few hours to several days) to discover the country’s beauties.
The Hauraki Rail Trail which runs from Thames to Waihi is one of the best known. It follows the route of an old railway. Several routes are possible to discover the 78 km of cycle paths. You can view some of the finest Coromandel scenery with the Christmas trees (Pohutukawa trees), green meadows of the Waikato and the wonderful Karangahake Gorge.

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We tested the portion of Paeroa to Thames which is 32 km, and crosses meadows all along the mountains. This bike path crosses many farms, passages have been built to avoid the cattle to spread. Unfortunately, these passages are numerous and uncomfortable for cyclists.

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We advise you to follow the track from Paeroa to Waihi, it is the most beautiful with a passage in the Karangahake Gorge, although it is also the steepest. The entire path is very beautiful but there are too many farms.

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The pros:
– The cycle track is actually separated from the road for long stretches and it evolves in nature.
– The journey is not difficult because the bike path follows the route of an old railway.

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The cons
– Too many cattle bridges makes it unpleasant for the ride.

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