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Local Trail Guide


Waikato has three NZ Cycle Trail Great Rides: The Hauraki Rail Trail, backcountry Timber Trail, and challenging Waikato River Trails. And when complete, Te Awa will follow the Waikato River for 70km.
MTB Parks include Sainsbury Road in the Waipa District, Pukete Farm in Hamilton city, Cougar MTB Park (14 tracks!) near Tokoroa. And check out loops in and around Raglan, in Otorohanga.

Local Travel Guide


Distinctive volcanic and limestone landscapes, lush native forests, and NZ’s longest river; the mighty Waikato. In Waitomo, explore underground cave networks, and visit the iconic glow worm caves.

Riding the Timber Trail


Dave Mitchell

We headed up the Whanganui River Road and into Taumarunui ‘on the main trunk line’, going straight to the i-SITE visitor info centre, in the old railway station on Hakiaha Street. From there you can grab a pamphlet, book a shuttle and/or any accommodation you require for the trail.

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park


Licence to Ride

Trails have been present in the Waterworks Road Reserve for approximately 20 years. In this time various hardworking trail builders have constructed an ‘ad-hoc’ rabbit warren of trails, totalling nearly 25kms.

Taste of: River and Timber Trails revive the Waikato heartland


Monica Louis

Lew and Julie Pickings moved to Waimiha years ago, fed up with the flooding in the far north. Lew’s father had a passion for milling and he used to parade his bullocks team on field days, showing how logs were hauled out of the forest in the days before the tram.

Taste of: Waikato River Trails


Licence to Ride

Opened in 2011 after 8 years of development, the Waikato River Trails (“the trail”) provides 103kms of cycling trails along New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River. The trail provides some of New Zealand’s most stunning river views and spectacular scenery.