Hauraki Rail Trail Gets New Shelters Thanks to Rotary Clubs Of Hauraki/Coromandel
Written by John Grant on July 7, 2022
Our service clubs do us proud. Every day in so many ways they are out there supporting the community. The Rotary clubs from Te Aroha, Matamata, Thames, Morrinsville and Paeroa are joining forces to design and build shelters on the trail network. These are not just ordinary shelters but shelters in keeping with a rail trail. They are designed to look like miniature stations and 16 of these will be spread along the 197km’s of the trail.
The shelters will provide an ideal way for riders to take a break from the elements while soaking in the breath taking views and experiences the rail trail has to offer.
The Rail Trail is run by a charitable trust with three board members appointed by the three Councils, Thames Coromandel, Hauraki and Matamata-Piako. The remaining three board members are appointed by iwi located alongside the Rail Trail.
The Trail officially starts in Kaiaua and traces the Shorebird Coast along the Firth of Thames. Riders enjoy contrasting landscapes from the Hauraki Plains to one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”, the Karangahake Gorge, carved by the forces of nature with fascinating gold mining history along the way. Finally, there’s a gentle ride South through lush farmlands to the hometown of the Hobbiton Movie Set.