The five Waikato River Trails

The Waikato River Trails are divided into five sections across a range of terrain from gently undulating trails to some that are steeper, rugged and more adventurous. The trails are are graded from 3 (Intermediate) to 4 (Advanced) and while they are mostly wide and smooth, some are trickier single-track trails (particularly on the Waipapa section) – a mountain bike is recommended.

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The 2024 Planting Season is underway!

A warm shout-out to the Mercury team and your families for braving the chilly, foggy morning to plant natives trees by Lake Atiamuri. As the fog cleared and the sun broke through, the cool air remained, yet the vigorous activity of planting 2,000 native trees quickly brought warmth to all.

We extend our heartfelt thanks for your continued support of our project.

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The winter days, now in full swing, should not deter you from venturing out to explore the Waikato River Trails; the winter ambiance offers a unique experience.

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It's that time of year again when we're busy preparing the sites for the upcoming planting season. With the sTooku awa koiora - Waikato River Authority Authority we're set to plant 8,000 native trees next to the Trail#trailupdate.

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This year, as a component of our releasing program, we are utilising wool clippings from a sheep farm in Tokoroa to mulch around the year-old native trees situated near the Waikato River Trail.
Many thanks to Ryan for providing the wool and to the Department of Corrections for distributing it around our trees.

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2 months ago
Waikato River Trails

We have recently tidied up some Trail between Arapuni Dam and Jones Landing.
The Trail is 4km each way, an ideal lakeside experience for walkers or cyclists with advanced skills.
The lookout over Lake Arapuni is definitely worth the short detour.
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3 months ago
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So the team has been busy this morning - we had a report of a big tree down in the Waipapa section which they have now sorted out.

If you do come across any other trees across the trail please let us know so we can get out there and clear the trail for everyone's enjoyme#trailupdatepdNgā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealandaland
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4 months ago
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We are pleased to have recently completed the installation of markers every kilometre along the off road sections of the Waikato River Trail.

The markers along each section of Trail result from feedback from a number of Trail users. We expect these markers to help if anyone has a mechanical issue or accident on the trail requiring assistance and for the many kind people who report things like trees down along the Trail.

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