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13/06/2022 - Summer Sizzler Update

The Waikato River Trails Summer Sizzler is coming back!

Start your 2023 year off with a sizzling note and come and take part with a the fantastic trail fun run/walk event on the 7th January 2023.

3 courses, 22km, 11km & 6km so something for everyone.

Online entries open 1st July 2022 at 9am.



Part of the Waipapa section of trail (from the Maraetai Dam entrance road to Waipapa Dam) is CLOSED ONLY during WEEKDAYS from Monday 30th May 2022 for logging operations.  You are able to access the trail on the weekends.  Please note that approximately 800m of trail is still very rough and we will be assessing this once the logging work has been fully completed.

During weekdays there will be strictly no access, signage will be in place at either end of this section, as well as at Atiamuri, Mangakino Lakefront, Arapuni Dam and the Pokaiwhenua Carpark. An on road detour along Waipapa Road will be in place.

The logging operations are expected to take several weeks so please ensure you keep up to date by checking in on our facebook page.

You can still access the new offroad section part of the trail up from the Mangakino Lakefront on Lake Road to the Maraetai Dam Access Road as a return trip.


The Waikato River Trails Trust has taken the decision to permanently close part of the Trail to protect the wellbeing of both a farmer living adjacent to the Trail and the public.

The Arapuni section of Trail from Jones Landing to the Mangarewa Suspension Bridge has been closed for some time and will now close permanently.

We are dealing with serious issues of vandalism to private property and resulting high levels of stress for the farmer concerned.  The decision to close this section of Trail has not been taken lightly but is certainly the right course of action given the circumstances.

The 104km Waikato River Trails remains open with an alternative route in place from Arapuni Dam to Waipapa Dam. This route is well sign posted from both the Arapuni Dam and Waipapa Dam.

The Trail from Arapuni Dam to Jones Landing (3ks one way) remains open as does Trail from Waipapa Dam to the Mangarewa Suspension Bridge (10ks one way).

Clear signage is in place detailing the closure. It is critical that this decision is respected particularly for the wellbeing of the farmer whose livelihood has been negatively impacted. This is a lesson for all of us that respect for private property always has to be maintained at all times.

The foolish minority have created a situation through ignorance and disrespect that access to parts of the Trail are now denied to the respectful and socially aware majority. The abuse of years of goodwill from the Trails farming neighbour is a sad reflection that it only takes a few people in any section of the community to unravel enjoyment for the masses. 

The message here is clear, don’t assume that negative behaviour is tolerated without consequence. Respect land and access every time or you may have that access taken away, remember that farmers stock and water are their livelihood. Action is required, if you are a Trail user anywhere in New Zealand, always please respect the place you enjoy.  Remember that how you touch a place leaves an enduring mark. 

To the vast majority who understand this principle, thank you!

For the few who do not, keep away and stay away!

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 2018 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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