23/07/21 - TRAIL UPDATE

The trail between the Arapuni Swingbridge to Arapuni Dam is NOW open.

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.

Trail Grade Info

The Arapuni section has been graded as 4 (Advanced):

Grade 4 (Advanced) - Off road trails are narrow with steep climbs and unavoidable obstacles. Poor tractions in places. Walking may be required. Off Road trails have moderate vehicular traffic.

A great separate day ride/walk!

Waipapa Dam to the Mangarewa Suspension Bridge - 10km one way.

From the Waipapa Dam end the Trail quickly hits the Tumai steps, this set of steps, sorry to say means you need to push your bike. The reward at the top is some awesome views down the lake. 9km from the steps is the 80m long Mangarewa suspension bridge which is 42m above the stream below. 

As the trail ends at the northern end of the bridge, you will need to retrace your steps back to Waipapa Dam.

Arapuni Dam to Jones Landing - 4km one way.

At the Arapuni Dam you can cross the road and head towards Jones Landing.  This is a technical trail for riding and is more suitable for walking.  Along this journey make sure you pop up to the Lookout to see over Jones Landing and the lake below.


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