LOCAL INFO

Hauraki Rail Trail

The Hauraki Rail Trail - is an 82km trail and is the easiest cycle trail in New Zealand to ride with the longest tunnel 1.1Km and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history. A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the "14 wonders of New Zealand". The trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha, while a new path will link Waikino to Waihi. Planning is under way for the trail to go from Thames to Kaiaua.

Rapaura Watergardens

Rapaura is an example of man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walks over bridges and streams and a bush walk to a cascading waterfall. There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All interspersed with garden art.

ZipLine Tours at Driving Creek

The first zipline canopy tour through native Coromandel bush is at Driving Creek Railway. Stretching 1km in total, ‘CoroZip’ is the Coromandel’s newest eco-adventure and the start of a magical new chapter in the story of Driving Creek Railway. Eight separate ziplines, the longest of which is 200m long, guide visitors through the bush canopy alongside kereru, korimako (bellbirds) and tui and over the Copeland Stream