The trail starts in coastal Kaiaua, tracing the Firth of Thames Shorebird Coast with its notable wetlands and rare birdlife. It’s a super-scenic journey through to Thames, a laid-back old gold town and gateway to the beachy Coromandel Peninsula.
The trail’s wide, smooth surface and gentle gradient make it a mostly Grade 1 (easiest) trail, suitable for riders of all ages and abilities and all bikes including E-bikes.
As well as the full trail experience, there are day rides galore, with the towns along the way making great holiday bases for exploration on and off the trail.
A temperate climate makes this an all-season trail. Riders should be prepared for a lack of shade on the plains during the hotter months, although some shelters are provided. New Zealand sun can be harsh and burn quickly, make sure you wear sunscreen, sunhat and dress accordingly.
The trail is well signposted and seldom far from roads and settlements, many with cafes and shops. Toilets are located at convenient intervals.
Transport & tours
Whether you’re looking for a short ride or the full, multi-day adventure, there are plenty of companies offering everything from bike hire and shuttles to fully supported guided tours with everything included. Bike hire depots are handily located along the trail in Kaiaua, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, and Waihi.