DETOUR - WAIPAPA DAM (19/01 to 30/01)

Please be aware that Mercury will be closing the Waipapa Dam Access Road during the above dates for intake gate works.

There will be a road detour in place from Arapuni Dam to Waipapa Dam during this time.  Please follow the signage that will be in place.

18/12/2019 - TRAIL UPDATE: Whakamaru Section


Whakamaru Reserve Update from the South Waikato District Council - 13/12/2019

"South Waikato District Council has decided to open the Whakamaru Reserve from Friday 20 December for public camping over summer. This opening includes the boat ramp.
However, please note: while the reserve is opening, we want to ensure visitors have the right expectations. The reserve is not yet ideal for camping due to some outstanding works, both aesthetic and minor safety related.
Some slash and debris is still in the vicinity of the reserve. Some of the ground is still uneven with protruding sticks in places, so users are encouraged to avoid these areas and chose their tent site carefully; visitors are encouraged to bring a leaf rake with them. Grass sowed in late spring is still taking root; use of the reserve will impact the young grass cover and the reserve will likely be quite dusty. We have also planted 100 trees that are still vulnerable.
We have had a lot of requests from our local community and visitors to make the reserve available for camping. Our options were to keep the reserve closed due to the outstanding works, or open it and ask that the public use the reserve in a respectful and safe manner with an understanding of the current environment.
People are encouraged to use this reserve with care and respect, for other campers and for the delicate environment.
Police and Council Compliance staff will be present in the reserve over the summer period.
In coming months, we will see further improvements at Whakamaru including re-grassing the area in autumn, large scale raking to even the uneven ground, removal of partly buried branches and removal of the remaining debris."

People on Bikes - TVNZ 1 - Episode 10

Check out as Justin takes on the Waikato River Trails

Chairman of the Commission John Forbes, Waikato River Trails Trust Chair Kevan Stewart, Acting Chief Executive Te Tumuaki (and Operations Manager Te Kaiwhakaharea Rauemi) Ric Cullinane and Waikato River Trails General Manager Glyn Wooller

13th September - Trust awarded Outdoor Access Champion Award 2017-2018

On the 12th September the New Zealand Walking Access Commission proudly presented to the Waikato River Trails Trust the Outdoor Access Champion Award for 2017-2018.

This award recognises the Trust's efforts to establish and develop improved opportunities for people to access the great outdoors.

"The creation of your trails, combined with the strong community involvement in replanting of riparian areas has brought great benefit to your region, and the Commission applauds the efforts of the Trust and all who have worked with it."

Chairman of the Commission John Forbes commented "People in 100 years time can look back at the legacy you have left today - something we can enjoy now and tomorrow, and also into the future."

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The Waikato River Trails follow New Zealand's longest river through native bush, exotic forest, remote farmland, boardwalks, streams and suspension bridges.

Experience the unseen

The trails cover about 103km of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land. They wind their way along a path that encompasses the magic and beauty of New Zealand native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, interesting rock formations and geological delights. Be inspired as you walk, run or cycle through grassed farmland, open reserves, boardwalks over significant wetlands, and expansive lake and river views.

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