Easy to get to from State Highway 1, the northern end of the Waikato River Trails are located on Horahora Road. The northern most point of the Trail is the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark, it has capacity for about 25 cars. From the carpark the first 5.3km of Trail is next to the road, the trail is easy. From Little Waipa Reserve the Trail sits alongside Lake Karapiro and winds its way 6.2km to Arapuni Village. This extremely popular section of trail takes a route through a unique wetland over a 500m long continuous boardwalk. The destination for many is the Rhubarb Café in Arapuni Village.
Rhubarb Cafe, Arapuni Village
Rhubarb Cafe, Arapuni Village

The Café can be found about 400 metres from the Historic Arapuni swingbridge in the heart of the village on Arapuni Road. Don't miss a visit to the swingbridge built in the 1920's.
Arapuni swingbridge
Arapuni swingbridge

Huihuitaha Wetland Boardwalk
Huihuitaha Wetland Boardwalk

This section appeals to riders of most abilities. The Trail is undulating most of the way and is graded INTERMEDIATE.

The Trail is slightly easier on the Arapuni Village to Little Waipa Reserve direction as there are a few more down as opposed to up hills.

Trail Grade Info

The Karapiro section has been graded as 2-3 (Easy to Intermediate):

Grade 2 (Easy)
- Off road trails are predictable and mostly flat with some gentle climbs. The surface is either firm gravel or sealed. The trail is wide enough for two people to cycle side by side at times. On road trails generally follow quiet roads.

Grade 3 (Intermediate)
- Off road trails can be narrow and may include hill climbs, steep drop-offs and small river crossings. The trail surface is mostly firm, but may include muddy or loose sections. There may be obstacles to avoid.