Please note that the trail from Waotu South Road to Mangarewa Suspension Bridge is now permanently closed. There is now an on road section from Arapuni Dam to Waipapa Dam.
This section of Trail starts at the Arapuni Swingbridge, after 2km on trail, it joins country roads through to Waipapa Dam, the route is well sign posted. The road section is mostly sealed with a short section of unsealed road. The gradient includes some long steep climbs. Half way though this section is the Arohena Conservation campsite, a good place to rest or camp.
On the opposite side of the Waikato River, the Trail between Arapuni Dam to Jones Landing (4km) and Waipapa Dam to Mangarewa Suspension Bridge (10km) are still open however there is no continuous Trail connecting these two areas. For those riding the whole Trail the western route must be used.