Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain is officially opening the Hauraki Rail Trail today.
The trail is the sixth ride to be completed under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Chris says the Hauraki Rail Trail is an incredibly unique Great Ride.
Karangahake Gorge. Photo: Hauraki Rail Trail.
“It stretches for 77 kilometres, much of it along an old railway formation. It is almost completely flat, making it ideal for cyclists of all ages and abilities, especially families.
“The journey is packed with lush bush, rich pioneering history and vintage railway lines. The breath taking Karangahake Gorge, the site of the original gold rush back in 1875, is just one of many highlights along the trail.”
He says the cycle trail is located near three of New Zealand’s largest cities: Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton.
“I predict this cycle trail will quickly become the weekend getaway of choice for many families. Its close proximity to major airports will no doubt also be an attraction for international visitors.”
The Government invested $4 million into the Hauraki Rail Trail, built in partnership with Hauraki, Matamata-Piako and Thames-Coromandel councils and the Department of Conservation.