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With our beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountains and diverse landscapes; there is plenty for you to see and do in the best little country in the world.

 One of the best ways to explore it is by “electric bike”, using pedal power; and when you need it, a little bit of pedal assist help from our electric  cycles.

You will be amazed at the sense of freedom you experience with an ebike and it will make you want to get out and about more often.

 

The Hauraki Rail Trail(HRT) is Located less than 2 hours from Auckland New Zealand’s largest City

The Hauraki Rail Trail is a short drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga and is accessible from Kaiaua (10km to Miranda) in the north, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi-Waikino, and Matamata in the south. The temperate climate in this area provides a great all-year round riding experience.

Sportx offer E Bike rentals either on Package  Tours which  include  Accommodation  with a quality e-bike or Self Guided E Bike Tours.  Package tours include shuttle /luggage services  making Sportx  Hauraki Rail Trail Tours an easy holiday option.

 

Sportx E-Bike Self-Guided HRT Tours Start 1 Dec 2017 ( grade 1)” E-Bike rental only”

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KALKHOFF SELECT i8 with Impulse EVO Electric motor & battery- range >220kms

Rental Trip 1   1 Day  E-Bike Self-Guided Tour  HRT (Te Aroha- Thames) via Paeroa daily NZ$99 pp (min 2), Half Day NZ$65. Also non e-bike mountain bikes NZ$49″daily”

Starts at Te Aroha Railway Station (Hauraki Rail Trail)  to Paeroa (distance  22kms) then on  to Thames (distance approx  34kms) total distance 56kms

Te Aroha Pickup point:  for  E-Bikes- Te Aroha  Railway Station  37 Burgess Street Te Aroha

Drop off Point: Thames  I Site visitors centre  200 Mary Street Thames

Rental Trip 2  1 Day E-Bike  Self-Guided Tours HRT (Paeroa-Waihi) via Waikino and return daily  $99pp (min2), Half Day NZ$65. Also non e-bike mountain bikes NZ$49 “daily”

Start at Mc Donald’s Paeroa ( Hauraki Rail Trail) to  Karangahaka Gorge , via the tunnel , then to Waikino Pub and Historic battery and then  to Waihi ( distance  to Waihi  22kms) and return to Paeroa (Return distance 44Kms)

Paeroa Pickup /Drop off point:  for E-Bikes-  Outside Mac Donalds Paeroa 145 Normanby Road Paeroa.

Rental Trip 3   2 Day E-Bike  Self-Guided Tour  HRT (Te Aroha –Thames)  NZ$190 pp (min2)

Thames  via Hauraki Rail Trail to Paeroa then to Waikino Pub Karanghake Gorge and  back Paeroa then  Te Aroha ( approx. distance  90kms)  “54kms plus an extra 23kms for the after return trip to  the Waikino pub  Karangahake Gorge back to Paeroa then to Te Aroha  (Total of 77kms)

Te Aroha Pickup point:  for  E-Bikes- Te Aroha  Railway Station  37 Burgess Street Te Aroha

Drop off Point: Thames  I Site visitors centre  200 Mary Street Thames

Rental Trip 4  3 Day E-Bike Self-Guided  Complete HRT  Starts at Miranda/Kaiaua ends at Te Aroha  NZ$290pp(min2)

Starts at  Miranda/Kaiaua  via Hauraki Rail Trail to Thames  then Thames  to Paeroa and to the  Waikino Pub through the Karanghake Gorge and then  back Paeroa and later  to  Te Aroha ( Total distance approx   148kms)

Pick up Point: to be arranged at the beginning of the trail approx 9kms East of  Kaiaua (on East-Coast Road) close to  Miranda

Drop off Point: – Te Aroha  Railway Station  37 Burgess Street Te Aroha

Rental Trip 5: New 1 Day E-Bike  Kaiaua to Thames   Self-Guided HRT Tour Kaiaua to Thames Distance: 55km NZ $119 (min2) “Subject to available of E-Bikes”

Pick up Point: to be arranged at the beginning of the trail approx 9kms East of  Kaiaua (on East-Coast Road) close to  Miranda

Drop off Point: – Thames  I Site visitors centre  200 Mary Street Thames

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Rental Trip 6: (HRT Starts Nov 2018) E-Bike Te Aroha  to  Matamata  thento Hobbiton  via the New  Hauraki Rail Trail to be built 2018  distance 35kms or and return (70kms) NZ$99pp (Min 2), half day NZ$65

Sportx Package E-Bike Self Guided “HRT” Tours starting 1 Dec 2017  “includes accommodation”

 

Tour 1,   2 Day E-Bike HRT Touring  Special  Tour (Te Aroha -Thames ) $449pp (Min 2)

You will love this 2 day ride it showcases many of the amazing wonders  New Zealand has to offer;

Breath-taking ocean and mountain vistas, Lush, rolling farming countryside, stunning rivers and streams babbling over rocky waterfalls, “historic” train and tunnel ride (in season), gold mining, cheese factory, winery………

 Starting at the Spa town of Te Aroha and finishing at the tidal seaside town of Thames which is about 1.3 hours drive from Auckland International Airport, you can get your slice of New Zealand in a two day fix to experience the diversity of our country.

The Hauraki Rail Trail is just about all flat trail while winding through rural New Zealand heartland that will seem light years away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

The experience will be much easier and fun on our electric ebikes and best done on a 2 day 1 night basis.

Grade of Ride:  grade 1
Tour: Starts Te Aroha to Paeroa then to Waikino Pub, Karangahake Gorge then back to Paeroa ( stay over night Paeroa B&B)  and to Thames
TourTime : 2 days one nights  accommodation, subject to weather
Fee:  $449pp Incl GST minimum of 2 riders, electric bike hire with comfortable seats, safety sun glasses, Sportx Hi-Viz if required. Includes 1 night accommodation &  breakfast at Paeroa B&B and transport pickup and return to Te Aroha.
General Info: Appropriate clothes to wear include shorts and/or close fitting track pants, sport shoes, t-shirt/polo, Jersey, sunglasses or safety glasses. Limited overnight apparel.
Transportation to and from start point is  included and is arranged.
Te Aroha Pickup point:  Te Aroha  Railway Station  37 Burgess Street Te Aroha
Drop off Point: Thames  I Site visitors centre  200 Mary Street Thames
PS DOC does not allow bikes to be ridden on this section of the track “walking only”.

Tour 2,  Bob’s Luxury  Goldfields E-Bike Tour (Paeroa-Waihi) (Min 2)Price $499pp

2 Day Tour : Goldfields  E-Bike Tour of the  “Waihi’s Golden past”

 

Waihi Railway Station

 

Day One.

PAEROA TO WAIHI STATION – (GRADE 1 Easiest) 22KM ( return 44kms)

Highlights: Karangahake Gorge, Bullswool Farm Park, Waikino Station Cafe, the Bistro at Falls Retreat, Ohinemuri Estate, Talisman Cafe, the Victoria Battery, Waihi Gold Discovery Centre, boutique shopping, cafes and current and historic mining.

This leg of the Trail follows the Ohinemuri River through Karangahake Gorge and on to Waihi. There are plenty of reasons to get off your bike along this section, so allow yourself plenty of time for the trip. If you run out of steam you can always catch the vintage Goldfields train for the last 8km of the journey from Waikino Station to Waihi. The train runs daily during summer and in the holidays and will transport bikes too. Check the timetable before you head off http://www.waihirail.co.nz/. Once you’ve made it to Waihi, it’s just a quick pedal to the top of town where you’ll find the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre and dump-truck loads of fascinating and interactive information about current and historic gold mining in Waihi.

 Martha  Gold Mine Waihi

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Overnight in Waihi.

Time to explore one of the first Gold mining towns in NZ and the only one still working today. Visit the information Centre and ride up to the open cast mine viewing deck.

Pit Rim Walkway-Waihi: Bob Recommends you take a 4km ride around the Waihi  Pit, its well worth the ride . It starts at the Pumphouse opposite the I-Site Gold discovery centre.

DAY 2

RETURN TO PAEROA

Before  you re-enter the Old Train tunnel – we suggest that you  take the river track to your left.The tunnel cuts off many sites you may like to visit – The Windows, Ohinemuri Estate and the Talisman Café.

 

What is included in this Tour. NZ$499 ( Minimum of 2)

Two day e-Bike hire,

One nights accommodation in Waihi (includes breakfast)

Vouchers for lunch each day –  D1 – Waikino Railway Station Café

D2 – Talisman Café.

Maps and info booklet of what to see during your Tour.

Luggage transported from Paeroa to Waihi (and return).

General Info: Appropriate clothes to wear include shorts and/or close fitting track pants, sport shoes, t-shirt/polo, Jersey, sunglasses or safety glasses. Limited overnight apparel.
Transportation to and from start point is  included and is arranged.

Paeroa Pickup /Drop off point:  for E-Bikes-  Outside Mac Donalds Paeroa 145 Normanby Road Paeroa

Tour 3,  4 Days HRT E-Bike Kaiaua/Miranda-Te Aroha

Sportx Tour 3,  4 Days  E-Bike Hauraki Rail Trail (Kaiaua/Miranda-Te Aroha) -includes 3 nights accommodation  $949pp (Min2)

You will love this 4 day ride as its got a bit of everything New Zealand has to offer;

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Breath-taking ocean and mountain vistas, Lush, rolling farming countryside, stunning rivers and streams babbling over rocky waterfalls, “historic” train and tunnel ride (in season), gold mining, cheese factory, winery……. mineral Spa Te Aroha or Miranda…

4 Day (Cruising) – 160-184 kms
This 4 day ride gives you the opportunity to cruise along and get off the Hauraki Rail Trail and see some of the attractions and activities this area has to offer. At the end of the ride take a shuttle back to your start point.

Day 1 – Kaiaua to Thames (55kms)
Ride along stop banks beside the Firth of Thames taking in the Kaiaua Shore Birds, lush farm lands and wetlands with magnificent views to the Coromandel Ranges. Secure parking is avaiable at Miranda Hot Springs ($20 per day)

Day 2 – Thames to Paeroa (34kms)
Stop at cafés along the way to refuel before taking a look at the antique shops of Paeroa.

Day 3 – Paeroa to Waihi (24kms)
Take time to explore the majestic Karangahake Gorge, swim at one of the swimming spots along the way.  Enjoy a goldmine tour while in Waihi.

Day 4 – Waihi to Te Aroha (47kms)
Take the Train from Waihi back to Waikino, and enjoy the downhill ride through the Karangahake Gorge back to Paeroa. Follow the Hauraki Rail  Trai South to Te Aroha and finish off with a soak at the Te Aroha Mineral Spa.

Starting at the seaside town of Kaiaua (10kms Northof Miranda) and finishing at Te Aroha which is less than 1 hours drive from Auckland International Airport, you can get your slice of New Zealand in a Four  day fix to experience the diversity of our country.

The Hauraki Rail Trail is just about all flat trail while winding through rural New Zealand heartland that will seem light years away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

The experience will be much easier and fun on our electric ebikes and best done on a 4 day 3 night basis.

Grade of Ride:  grade 1
Tour: Starts Kaiaua/Miranda to Thames  to Paeroa, Waihi back to Paeroa and then Te Aroha  (stay at  the gold mining town of Waihi) or Reverse order starting at Te Aroha ending Kaiaua/Miranda.
Tour Time : 4 days  three nights, subject to weather
Fee:  $949 pp Incl GST minimum of 2 riders required includes lunch daily, electric bike hire with comfortable seats, safety sun glasses, Sportx Hi-Viz if  required. Includes 1 night accommodation breakfast and a packed lunch, includes transport to start point ie Te Aroha.
General Info: Appropriate clothes to wear include shorts and/or close fitting track pants, sport shoes, t-shirt/polo, Jersey, sunglasses or safety glasses. Limited overnight apparel.
Transportation to and from start point is  included and is arranged.
Pick up Point: to be arranged at the beginning of the trail approx 9kms East of  Kaiaua (on East-Coast Road) close to  Miranda
Drop off Point: – Te Aroha  Railway Station  37 Burgess Street Te Aroha

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Sportx E-Bike Rentals and Tours a division of Sportx New Zealand Limited (a Bnblive Ltd company) 69 Stanley Avenue Te Aroha Waikato 3320 New Zealand.
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Hauraki Rail Trail -” Instructions-Notes”

 

Kaiaua/Miranda -Thames- Paeroa- Waihi and Paeroa-Te Aroha -Matamata(2018)
Distance up to 138kms (with Matamata Extension 2018, 173kms)
This trail follows historic railway lines across Hauraki plains and through the stunning Karangahake Gorge to Waihi. The smooth surface and gentle gradient makes it one of the easiest trails in the North Island. (  you do not need a mountain bike, a City/ Trekking /E-Bikes  will be fine)
This trail is in three parts:
The Rail Trail from Kaiaua /Miranda  to Thames and then to Paeroa an on to Te Aroha marches between intensive dairy farms- flat and green, but not exactly clean (watch out for the cow pats on the Thames to Te Aroha section)
The stage  from Paeroa to Waihi is a totally different kettle of fish. It is also easy as it snakes through the scenic Karangahake Gorge, crosses bridges and goes through a 1km long tunnel( built 1886) , passes the remains of historic gold mining building  and Waikino Pub also includes a stretch of regenerating native forest. ‘This is one of the most picturesque trails in the North Island ‘ there are cafes at both ends of the each stage.
Stage 1 Kaiaua/Miranda to Kopu or Thames
55kms, 2.5-4 hours   
“This stage opened 18.11.2017” and  is well marked”
The Trail  starts on East Coast Road approx  8kms out of Kaiaua  heading east towards Miranda , cycle tothe famous  Miranda Hot Pools then onto Waitakaruru and then along stock banks /road/and beside rivers and estuaries to Pipiroa and then on to Kopu.
At Kopu you can either go into Thames (7kms to Thames) or carry on stage 2 to Paeroa below:
Stage 2 Thames to Paeroa
34km, 2-4 hours
The Thames i-Site and most shops are on Pollen Street. From the shops, take any side street to the west and ride to the Sea. At the Thames Caostal Walkway-a-smooth path- turn left and ride down to the official start at the wharf.’
From the Wharf Cafe, the trail generally runs beside the main road out of town, then across farm paddocks and under the main highway/ Kopu bridge to Auckland.After12km, there is a sign inviting you to visit The Cheese Barn Cafe 200 metres off the trail at Matatoki. (a great place to  stop, as great food). From The Cheese Barn, ride back to the trail abd continue south for 10kms to Hikutaia, where there is another Cafe, The Convenient Cow- be careful crossing the highway here.
It is 12km from the Cow cafe to the world-famous-in-New Zealand L&P soft-drink town of Paeroa.This is the hub of the trail.You have to pay careful attention to the signs as you pass through Paeroa town or you may get lost. The I&P Cafe and Paeroa information centre are right next to each other.
Stage 3 Paeroa to Waihi
22km, 2-4 hours
This is the most popular section of the trail and over summer is likely to become crowded. For ease of transport, and because this section is so darned great, you will want to ride it there and back so allow enough time (44kms return)
From the Paeroa info centre, follow the  road  south to Mac Donalds ( or via the stopbank).Cross the bridge on the pedestrian path. The Bridge
 is where the HRT trail also branches off to Te Aroha. Once across the Ohinenuri River Bridge, cross the road to your left to follow the path down Rotokohu Road past the WINZ office . The path runs beside the raod before entering the KARANGAHAKE Gorge section.There are bridges, bush heritage sites and ride through a 1km long ex train tunnel ( built 1886) onthe way to the Waikino Pub, Gold  Battery and lovely Waikino Railway Station and Cafe. A vintage train runs from Waikino to Waihi at 2.30pm over summer and during holidays. It Takes bikes for a small charge($10 I think).
Alternatively, backtrack 200metres over the bridge and continue to Waihi an 8km section of track, which is a grade harder due to short steep hills ups and downs which follows the river for a few kms.
Stage 4 Paeroa to Te Aroha
21km, 2 hours (By E-Bike 1 Hour)
From the far side of the bridge(Ohinenuri River) ” opposite  side to Mac Donalds”on the outskirts of Paeroa, squeeze through a gate onto the trail and head south on the stopbank. It’s well sign posted so you can follow the trail.   It is is flat and straight.You can stop for devonshire tea ( summer only) at the lovely Depot Gardens. The trail ends at the old Te Aroha railway station,  two  blocks from the main street. Two great Cafes Austins Cafe and Bistro and Ironique and  the Famous Soda Thermal pools ( only in the world) ,  Mount Te Aroha (930 metres high).
 Also just 5kms out of town is Waiorongamai  Golden Valley  with the Piako Tramway 3 levels ( 2000 gold miners  lived at Waiorongomai in the late 1900’s)this is some of the best tramping tracks in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park
PS: The Te Aroha to Matamata extension( approx 40kms) is planned to be complete by Oct 2018 the  Piako-Matamata Council has $3million for this development, now its up to the Government to top it up.
For now you can follow the  Hauraki Rail Trail Connection to Waikato River Trail (  Waikato River Trails on this website)

Auckland to Hauraki Rail Trail- Connection

Downtown Auckland to Kaiaua/Miranda HRT now start  from 18.11.2017
Distance 75kms Time 1-2 days Grade 5(Expert) due to traffic.
Hard-core cyclists-(Tourists ) may be determined to ride from Auckland to Hauraki Rail Trail (Kaiaua/Miranda) despite having to run the gauntlet of busy Auckand to Kaiaua/Miranda roads. If you are one of them, we salute you! Be really carefull.
This is part of the Tour Aotearoa route. The Navigation is complicated, but this is the best route local cyclists recommend.
From upper Queen Street end of the Northernwestern Cycle Route, follow Alex Evans Street, then turn right onto Symonds Street and left onto Mt Eden Road. You’llwill pass many shops, including Mt Eden Cycles.
At the entrance to Mt Eden Domain, take the 10-minute side trip up to the top of the Maungawhau/Mt Eden volcanic cone for 360-degree views of Auckland.Its well worth the detour.
Back on the route, continue along Mt Eden Road, turn left onto Stokes Road, right onto Epsom Ave, right onto GilliesAve, left onto Ranfurly Road and right onto Manukau Road. One block down Manukau Road, turn left onto Campbell Cres, then take the second left to ride through Cornwall Park on Puriri Drive( which becomes Pohutukawa Drive), Twin Oaks Drive and, after turning left beside a gatein a rock wall,Grand Drive.Grand Drive exits the parkat the top of Onehunga Mall St. Ride all the way down Onehunga Mall, past losts of shops ( including Hedhehog Bikes), and veer right 200 metres after crossing Neilson Street to get to the end of the mall. From the cul-de-sac, follow a cycle path to Old Mangere Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow  NZCT  signs, along Kiwi Esplanade,Shortt Ave,Wallace Road, Creamery Road,Greenwood Road, Left at Ascot Road, and along Kirkbride Road( use the footpath if busy),Westney Road, Timberley Road, Verissimo Drive, then take the path to a new shopping centre with a countdown supermarket, and 100 metres further on, a good cafe with a car-shaped bike stand, on Leonard Isitt Drive. You are now close to Auckland Airport.  You could also start from the Auckland Airport to start of  HRT.
Turn left at Tom Pearce Drive, left again at Puhinui Road, Go left-right-left at Kenderdine Road, Bridge Street and Cambridge Terrace to get across the railway lines and back onto Puhinui Road.
The alast shops before leaving Auckland are on your left where you cross Great South Road ( takeways, fruit shop, general stores, etc)
After crossing Great South Road, continuestraight ahead onto Reagan Road, veer right onto Boundary Road and HollyfordDrive. Turn left at Aspiring, right onto Rakaia Rise, cut through a pedestrain path between 19 and 21, the n left on Santa Monica Place, and left onto Redoubt Road at the T junction. Turn  right into Totara Park and ride the Bridle Track through the park. You will pass public toilets and picnic area just before you reach Wairere Road. At the end of Wairere Road, turn right onto Hill Road and left onto Stratford Road, then continue straight onto Alfriston Road. Turn right onto Alfriston-Ardmore Road, and straight onto Mullins Road.
Coastal Option: At this  point, if traffic volumes are light, you may prefer to ride east via Clevedon to the coast and around the Firth of Thames to Miranda.It will take an hour longer bit it is more scenic, However, some of the roads are narrow and there is too much traffic on weekends and public holidays:
or to continue  along the main cycle route, at the end of Mullins Road, turn left at Papakura-Clevedon Road, then right onto Ardmore Quarry Road. Go Left onto Creightons Road, right at Jones Road, left onto Garvie Road, right at John Hill Road then left at Hunua Road.
 Ride through the village of Hunua ( there is a dairy and Indian restaurant), and stay on Hunua Road. It becomes Paparimu Road. After a few kilometres, turn right onto Lyons Road, Left onto Mangatawhiri Road and veer left onto Mangatangi Road, which becomes Miranda Road and leads to Miranda. Turn right at East Coast Road ( aka Front Miranda Road)and, after 1.5km, you will reach Miranda Holiday Park and Hot Springs 0800 833 144 this is now where the Hauraki Rail Trail starts( from 15.11.2017 ) Continue on Kaiaua/Miranda -Thames section of the HRT.( Stage 1  notes above)
Ph 0800 400 900 for Bike Rentals ,Tours or Sales:
For accommodation  www.bnblive.com ( from 1.4.2018) and for more information on bike  tours and  rentals www.ebikemtbtoursnz.com
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