How long will it take you? You choose what distances you want to travel. You can decide if you want to cycle the whole trail – or select a part of the Trail.

If you want to enjoy and make the most of your time along the Trails you need to be prepared. If you and your group have a low to moderate fitness level and haven't done much biking in the last year for two, then we suggest that you allow an extra day to break up the advanced sections within our Trail.

You can arrange your own trip – or there are helpful Trail operators who can organise a trip that will suit you.
Below are some popular itineraries to consider.

Four day options

A 4 day journey that allows you plenty of time to travel at a relaxed pace.

ALL THE WAY

Suggested 4 day journey starting from the south heading north:
Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Mangakino (35km)
Day 2 - Mangakino to Waipapa Dam (19km)
Day 3 - Waipapa Dam to Jim Barnetts Reserve (21km)
Day 4 - Jim Barnett Reserve to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark (30km)

Three day options

Our 2 & 3 day packages give you the option of sampling the intermediate only sections or taking on the challenge and completing the whole trail.

SHORT & SWEET

A 3 day trip sampling only the intermediate sections of the trail.

Suggested 3 day journey starting from the south heading north:
Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Lake Whakamaru Reserve (20km)
Day 2 - Lake Whakamaru Reserve to Mangakino (14km)
Day 3 - Arapuni Dam to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark (13.5km)

THE FULL MONTY

A 3 day trip taking on the whole trail.

Suggested 3 day journey starting from the south heading north:

Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Mangakino (35km)
Day 2 - Mangakino to Jim Barnetts Reserve (40km)
Day 3 - Jim Barnett Reserve to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark (30km)

Two day options

GO WITH THE FLO

Suggested 2 day journey starting from the south heading north:
Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Mangakino (35km)
Day 2 - Arapuni Dam to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark (13.5km)

2 DAY DUST OFF

Suggested 2 day journey starting from the south heading north:
Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Waipapa Dam (54.6km)
Day 2 - Waipapa Dam to the Pokaiwhenua Bridge carpark (47.5km)

WALKING THE TRAIL

Walking the Waikato River Trails is one way to connect with nature all year round in previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land.

Drink in the breath-taking scenery and the feeling of being one with nature. Be inspired as you walk through grassed farmland, open reserves, boardwalks over significant wetlands, and expansive lake and river views.

Whether it be a bonding time between parent and child, or with your partner or as a group excursion - take the journey, live the experience, no regrets
(Below misses out all the on-road parts of the journey between Mangakino Lakefront and the Maraetai Dams Road entrance and between the end of Waotu South Road and Jones Landing.)

Suggested 5 day journey starting from the south heading north:
Day 1 - Atiamuri Bridge carpark to Lake Whakamaru Reserve (21km)
Day 2 - Lake Whakamaru Reserve to Mangakino (14km)
Day 3 - Maraetai Dam entrance road to Waipapa Dam (16km - steeper terrain)
Day 4 - Waipapa Dam to the trail start on Waotu South Road (16.5km - steeper terrain)
Day 5 - Jones Landing to Little Waipa Reserve (10.5km)