Waikato River Trails

Mountain bikers and walkers can explore a series of cycle trails along New Zealand's longest river - the mighty Waikato River.

At your own pace follow the river enjoying a fresh perspective of the Mighty Awa.

The trails cover about 100 kilometres of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land from Atiamuri Village to Lake Karapiro.

Waikato River Trails welcome everyone to wind their way along a Trail that encompasses the magic and beauty of New Zealand native bush, exotic forest and the villages of Atiamuri, Whakamaru, Mangakino and Arapuni where an idyllic pace of life greets you.

Be inspired as you cycle past magnificent hydro dams, over suspension bridges, significant wetlands, while soaking up expansive lake and river landscapes.

The Waikato River Trails are divided into five sections - the Karapiro section, the Arapuni section, the Waipapa section, the Maraetai section and the Whakamaru section. Theses sections can be ridden individually or all together over three or four days.

Distance Up to 103km
Time 2-4 days
Grade Intermediate
Transport & guides Yes - book your shuttle services prior to departure.
Dog access No dogs

The trail is mostly flat with some short steep sections. It is made up of several intermediate to advanced trails that provide opportunity for day excursions. For more information on the trail sections and maps visit WaikatoRiverTrails.co.nz.

Physical address:
Atiamuri Bridge
State Highway 1
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