Walking is a popular leisure activity for both residents and visitors to our area. Walking tracks provide opportunities for everyone to experience some of the natural and historic settings that are a unique part of our landscape, as well as providing a great opportunity to get outdoors, to improve health, and to socialise with family and friends.
Council currently manages about 17 kilometres of walking tracks throughout the district. There are also a number of other tracks in the district, provided and maintained by other groups such as the Department of Conservation and the local tramping clubs. Check out the walking tracks in your town below and explore some of the interesting scenery Matamata-Piako has to offer.
Mountain Biking Tracks
Mountain biking is a popular sport and recreation activity in New Zealand. The Matamata-Piako District has two exciting mountain bike tracks.
Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is a grade 1 (very easy) cycleway linking Te Aroha, Paeroa, Thames and Waihi. The trail is one of the most popular cycleways in New Zealand due to its stunning scenery and close proximity to Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. The Hauraki Rail Trail starts in Te Aroha at the Te Aroha railway station on Burgess Street.
Click the link below for more information about the trail, or to make luggage transfer, transport or bike hire bookings
4WD Track and Trail Ride
Thompson's Track is a popular 4WD track and trial ride in the Kaimai Range. It can be accessed from approximately 12km south of Te Aroha off Thompson Rd. The western side of the track to the summit is approximately 6km. The eastern side (in the Western Bay of Plenty) is approximately 7km.