People on Bikes - TVNZ 1 - Episode 10

Check out as Justin takes on the Waikato River Trails

27/09/2019 - TRAIL UPDATE: Whakamaru Section


Whakamaru Reserve Update from the South Waikato District Council - Sept 3rd. 

"We've been informed of the following progress at our popular Whakamaru Reserve. There have been 100 trees planted late last month. The parks and reserves team is hoping for a good germination strike of grass seed.
The remaining slash at the reserve has been placed in piles and once they are completely dry they will used as 'hog fuel.' There will also be low mounds of slash/soil mix that will be planted with the native species.
Unfortunately, there is no date set for the reopening of the reserve. We will keep you posted once a decision has been made official. Council continues to appreciate the patience and understanding from the public in regards to this project."

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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