COVID-19 – what we’re doing
During the COVID-19 restrictions our number one priority continues to be the well-being of our communities, local businesses and staff.
We'll do our best to continue to meet the essential needs of our communities in these unprecedented times.
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Some aspects of this service may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Hauraki Rail Trail - Open
Self-registration will no longer be required. In line with Government protocols we recommend you ride in groups of no more than 10. Under Alert Level 2 we can leave our bubbles and reconnect with friends and family. Whilst we have more freedom of movement, it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.
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The Hauraki District is home to excellent attractions including walkways, tracks and the Hauraki Rail Trail, encompassing an array of outstanding natural features and landscapes.
Walking tracks are a major attraction in the Hauraki District. From short walks to overnight hikes, we've got it all. With areas of the District being steeped in mining history from the 1800s there is no shortage of relics to explore along the way.
- Short Walks
- Beach and Birdlife
- Cycle Trail - Hauraki Rail Trail
- Dogs on our walks, tracks and cycle trails
Please be aware of the areas where dog restrictions apply. See more about dogs on our walks, tracks and cycle trails.
- Karangahake Historic Walkway
- Karangahake Windows Walk
- Karangahake Tunnel Walk
- Karangahake Gorge Crown Track to Dickey's Flat
- Owharoa Falls, Waikino
- Paeroa Historical Maritime Park
- Victoria Battery, Waikino
- Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway - Cornish Pumphouse
- Gilmour Lake, Waihi
- Mill Stream Walkway, Waihi
- Waihi Walkway - Black Hill Reserve
Information about walks in the Karangahake Gorge can be found on the Department of Conservation (including any closures) and The Coromandel websites. Waihi walkways are listed on the Go Waihi website.
- Karangahake Mountain
- Karangahake Gorge Crown Track to Dickey's Flat
- Daly's Clearing Loop Track
- Dubbo Track
- Bluff Stream Kauri Loop Track - from Franklin Rd, Waitawheta
- Waitawheta Tramway - from Franklin Rd
For information (including any closures) about the tracks in and around the Hauraki District please go to the Department of Conservation website.
Think first and plan your trip. For sensible outdoor safety tips take a look at the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council website.
Whether you like to walk the length of the beach or seek out coastal birdlife, we have the coasts for you.
- Seabird Coast, Kaiaua
- Whiritoa Beach
If you are interested in birdlife on the Kaiaua coast you might like to visit the Miranda Shorebird Centre website.
Alert: Hauraki Rail Trail now closed
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the country is now at level three alert and will go to level 4 alert at midday Wednesday (25 March) our number one priority is the well being of our communities and staff. The announcement means that the Hauraki Rail Trail is now closed.
The Hauraki Rail Trail has been an instance success with cyclists on the track all year round. As entrance to the trail can be made at almost any stretch, cyclists are able to make their journey as short or as long as they wish.
The trail ventures in three directions from Paeroa with four destinations:
- Paeroa to Thames
- Paeroa via Kopu to Pūkorokoro-Miranda
- Paeroa to Te Aroha
- Paeroa to Waihi through the historic and scenic Karangahake Gorge - remember to bring lights for the tunnel
- giving the opportunity for multi-day rides.
You can also ride the section between Waikino and Waihi aboard the Waihi Vintage Railway. There are a number of interesting destinations and cafes along the trails. Plenty of examples in the video below.
For more information about the Hauraki Rail Trail please visit the Hauraki Rail Trail website.
Download a 3D map of the Hauraki Rail Trail [PDF, 541 KB] showing distances and amenities along the trail
Dog Control Areas
There are certain areas within the Hauraki District where dogs are restricted (on-leash only) or prohibited as part of our Dog Control Bylaw. These areas include beaches, children’s playgrounds, sections of the Hauraki Rail Trail, Department of Conservation land and some urban areas (for example shopping areas, sports fields, picnic areas, etc). If you have a dog with you it is your responsibility to look for dog control signage.
For a full description including maps of prohibited areas please view our Dog Control Bylaw.
Clean Up After Your Dog
Let’s keep our public places clean for everyone to enjoy. Failure to remove your dog’s droppings from public areas is an offence against our Dog Control Bylaw and carries a fine.
For more information on tourism in the Hauraki District, including activities, events, transport and accommodation, please refer to the following websites: