The Karapiro Trail

Start at Rhubarb Café, visit the historic suspension bridge, ride through native forests and farmland, explore boardwalks and sculptures, and pass through Huihuitaha Wetland to finish at Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark. The trail offers a mix of gentle undulations and scenic views, making it perfect for a relaxed and enjoyable ride.

Start at Rhubarb Café, visit the historic suspension bridge, ride through native forests and farmland, explore boardwalks and sculptures, and pass through Huihuitaha Wetland to finish at Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark. The trail offers a mix of gentle undulations and scenic views, making it perfect for a relaxed and enjoyable ride.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    11.5 Km
  • Time
    1 hr Cycling | 2 - 3 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 2 | Easy
  • Trail Type
    River | Gravel | Pathway

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Elevation

Enjoy a scenic ride from the Mighty River Domain to Pokaiwhenua Bridge. This trail features rolling terrain with gentle climbs, smooth descents, and a few tight turns. Cycle along picturesque lake views, native bush, and riverfront boardwalks, perfect for a relaxed adventure.

Elevation

Elevation | 127m

Climb | 4.7km

Descent | 3.9km

Flat | 3.1km


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Riding the Karapiro Trail

The Karapiro Trail is one of five individual trails making up the Waikato River Trails, starting at the Rhubarb Café in Arapuni village. This delightful café is a great place to fuel up before you embark on your journey. Begin by visiting the historic Arapuni Suspension Bridge, offering thrilling views of the river and dam. The suspension bridge, built in the 1920s, provides a stunning bird’s-eye view of the dam and river below, making it a must-see for all visitors.

The trail meanders through native forests and farmland, featuring charming boardwalks and unique sculptures. Riders will enjoy a serene ride through the Huihuitaha Wetland on a 500-meter boardwalk, encountering native plant species and birds. The trail continues through Little Waipa Reserve, popular for fishing and camping, and ends at the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark, marked by an impressive sculpture by Fred Graham. This sculpture encapsulates historical significance to Māori, adding a cultural layer to the ride.

Though not within the Taupō region, this section is part of the larger Waikato River Trails network and offers a memorable adventure for all trail enthusiasts.

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