Hauraki Rail Trail

Follow the trail of a new cycling adventure, riding alongside historic railways through lush native vistas and beautiful countryside.

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge
Credit: Judith Klein | License: Creative Commons
An ancient river running through mountains with precious metals buried deep within.  Explore the natural and economic heritage of Aotearoa in its lush valleys and gold mines reclaimed by nature.

Te Aroha Hot Pools

Cadman Bath House former Te Aroha
 Credit: Ulrich Lange | License: Creative Commons
The world’s only hot soda geyser erupts from the land at the foot of the mighty mountain Te Aroha.  Relax in luxurious mineral spas with pampering beauty treatments and soothing massage.  Discover local heritage at the historic museum.

Hobbiton Village

Hobbiton Movie Set Matamata
Credit: Andres Iga | License: Public Domain
Have a peek inside The Shire, home of the Hobbits from the legendary Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies.  Get the true Middle-earth experience at the famous set created by the vision of world-famous director Peter Jackson.


Miranda WetlandPhoto Credit: Dick Bos | License:  Creative Commons
At the end of beautiful country roads, see the beauty of the Firth of Thames as you emerge in the historic village of Miranda.  Thousands of shorebirds migrate distances up to 10,000km throughout the year to wade in its harbours.




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