Waikato

Waikato River Trails - various points of access

The Waikato River Trails are part of the New Zealand Cycle Way, Nga Haerenga. Sections are already opened, with further construction underway to link hundreds of kilometres of trails along the mighty Waikato River. The trails run through farmland and reserves and are close to many main centres in the Waikato region. For more information, see the Waikato River Trails website.

Kinloch to Kawakawa Bay (Taupo)

This easy off-road track is just under 8km long and offers great walking or biking for families. Link to the W2K for a longer ride if the kids are up to it!

W2K (Taupo)

This purpose built mountain bike singletrack is a well graded, easy, singletrack running from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch. The 13.2km track climbs steadily over the headland before descending to Kinloch. There is an optional loop track extension (nearly 10km) out over the headland with views over the lake.

Te Aroha (Hamilton)

40 km NE of Hamilton | Moderate | 1 - 2 hours (6 -10km) |  View Te Aroha map (GIF, 13 KB)
This is a fun little track starting at the entrance of the Te Aroha Domain, where the hot springs are! It’s well signposted all the way round, with some trickier tracks going off the main loop if you want a challenge. Watch out for other people on the track when you’re coming back down the last section. Pick up a cool map from the bike shop or information centre in Te Aroha township.

Pukete Mountain Bike Park (Hamilton)

8 km NW of Hamilton | Easy to intermediate | 1 - 2 hours (6 -10km) | Visit Hamilton & Waikato website
This largely flat track is surrounded by native tree plantings. The easy contours are suitable for beginners and families as well as more advanced riders who will appreciate the track’s tight twists and turns, table top jump and the more rugged northern corner.

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park (Cambridge)

30 km NE of Cambridge | Grade 2 - 5 | up to 19.5km |  View Te Miro MTB Park map (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Built by Te Miro Mountain Bike Club for the enjoyment of its members and other like-minded individuals, Te Miro Mountain Bike Park offers a variety of terrain and tracks to suit active families as well as hard-core enthusiasts.Native and exotic forest surround the park’s trails, providing not only great infrastructure but also picturesque scenery and plenty of interesting places to stop for a breather.

Craters of the Moon (Taupo)

6km N of Taupo | Varied track difficulty | 1 - 4 hrs |  View Craters of the Moon map (GIF, 6 KB)
Enjoy great tracks going in from both sides of the forest. Why not try the 5km Beginner Loop? There are also three fun 3 - 4km loop tracks that start at the helicopter car park, off State Highway 1, with jumps and banked corners.