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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.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.

Short Walks

  • 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.

Woman and children walking along Victoria Battery track Waikino Woman and children walking in Karangahake


  • 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.

Group of people walking the Dubbo Track Crossing the river on the Daly's Clearing track

Beach and Birdlife

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.

People walking along the Whiritoa coast Seabird coast

Cycle Trail - Hauraki Rail Trail


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LGNZ Excellence Awards 2014 WinnerThe Hauraki Rail Trail has been an instant 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 is a grade one (easiest) and gives the opportunity for multi-day rides a four or five day ride suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities.

The trail ventures in three directions from Paeroa with multiple destinations:

  • Paeroa to Thames
  • Paeroa via Kopu to Kaiaua
  • Paeroa to Te Aroha and Te Aroha to Matamata
  • Paeroa to Waihi through the historic and scenic Karangahake Gorge - remember to bring lights for the tunnel
Plan your ride

Be sure to check the Hauraki Rail Trail website for up-to-date trail condition notices.

Section A: Kaiaua - Thames  Grade one (easiest), 55km, five to six hours

Section B: Thames - Paeroa  Grade one (easiest), 34km, three to four hours

Section C: Paeroa - Waihi Grade one to two (easiest to easy), 24km, three hours

Section D: Paeroa - Te Aroha Grade one (easiest), 23km, two to three hours

Section E: Te Aroha - Matamata Grade one (easiest), 37km, two to four hours

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.

A group of cyclists on the trail near Victoria Battery, Waikino Group of cyclists riding the trail at Karangahake

Download a 3D map of the Hauraki Rail Trail [PDF, 541 KB] showing distances and amenities along the trail

HRTmap [PDF, 541 KB]

Dogs on our Walks, Tracks and Cycle Trails

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: