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 🤩


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.

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."

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