19/06/20 - TRAIL UPDATE: Waipapa Section

Starting from the 24th June through to the middle of July, forestry work will be undertaken within the Waipapa Section of the trail (between Mangakino and Waipapa Dam) which will result in us having to CLOSE this section during this time.

We will advise as soon as we are able to reopen this section.

Thank you for your co-operation.

16/06/20 - TRAIL UPDATE: Whakamaru Section

Starting from Wednesday June 17th 2020 and hopefully completed by August 17th 2020.

Due to  roadside tree felling in Kinleith Forest, the Whakamaru Reserve camping & picnic area at the eastern end will be closed periodically from Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am to 4pm.

For the safety of all, NO ACCESS is permitted to this area.  Please obey all signage and traffic control staff.

The Waikato River Trail will also be closed through this area during tree falling.  Traffic Management will be in place to let trail users through via State Highway 30/Ongaroto Road.  The area affected for the trail is between the Whakamaru Dam to just before the bluff stairs.

Please note that weekends are not affected.



13/02/20 - Please be aware that this part of the Arapuni section of the trail from Waipapa Dam to Waotu South Road is CLOSED .

A sign posted detour is in place between Arapuni Dam and Waipapa Dam. 
There will be no access until further notice. 

We will keep you up to date with progress.

TRAIL UPDATE: 13th April 2020

Great News, the Waikato River Trails will reopen under Alert Level 2 from Thursday 14th May 2020.

We have the following shuttle and cafe operators that will be operating under Alert Level 2:

  • - Lake District Adventures (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm)
  • - The Dam Café, Whakamaru (open 7 days)
  • - Rhubarb Café, Arapuni (open Wednesdays to Sundays)
The South Waikato District Council has also confirmed that the Reserves will be open as well.

Please note that the section of trail from Waotu South Road to Waipapa Dam is still closed until further notice.

Enjoy yourselves and remember to take care 🤩

5/2/2020 - Whakamaru Section

As of today the contractors have finished with their work so we are now able to reopen this part of the Whakamaru section. 

21/01/20 - Whakamaru Section

We currently have contractors replacing retaining walls along the Whakamaru Section starting today.

Area affected is from the Bluff staircase to the Whakamaru Reserve this section will be closed and a road detour is in place.

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."

For more information check out www.theprattler.org.nz


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