The Waikato River Trails are proud to be a member of the New Zealand Cycle Trails network. This great ride are centrally located on the doorstep of many of New Zealand's biggest cities and towns and is only a few hours from the international gateway of Auckland. The trails are popular with both cyclists and walkers.
The Waikato River Trails opened officially in November 2011 and are managed by the Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust. The Trust was formed in 2006 to develop a network of trails along the Waikato with the aim of bringing visitors to the beautiful South Waikato.
Over 20 businesses provide hospitality and services to visitors to the trails. Cafes, accommodation, bike hire and shuttle services provide a warm welcome.
About the trails
The 35km of trails at the southern end of the trail and the 11.5km at the northern end of the trails are intermediate grade the trails in the middle are graded advanced. The trails are generally 1.5 meters wide with compacted metal surfaces. There are plenty of toilets along the trail but limited drinking water so please be prepared.
The 103km trails take most three days to ride. It is easy to book a shuttle, hire bikes and accommodation through the expert team at Waikato River Trails.