COVID-19 UPDATE - 26th March 2020


Please do not use Waikato River Trails until further notice, they are closed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

To protect yourself, your family and the wider community we have had to make the decision to close the Waikato River Trails.

·       This will remain in place as long as the country remains in Level 4 Response to COVID-19.

·       Level 4 protocols demand that the population stays at home as much as possible.

·       Exercise is recommended as a healthy outlet and many options exist for maintaining fitness outside the trail environment. social distancing with walking/cycling must include a 2 metre buffer which includes passing each other. The Waikato River Trails width does not allow for this amount of buffer on the Trail.

The Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust is looking forward to reopening the trail as soon as conditions allow, that support the health and wellbeing of our community. Thank you for your support at this challenging time. 

Please support each other and do everything we can to keep ourselves and our community safe.

We will update as this situation evolves.

For more information go to the Government website


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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