Explore the best of our own backyard by jumping on your mountain bike or strolling the shores of the beautiful Waikato River.
One of NZ’s Great Rides, the trails follow NZ’s longest river for 105km. From just north of Taupō to just south of Cambridge, you can experience wetlands, native bush and stunning views. Grab your friends and take a day trip or make it a weekend getaway. Watch the highlights below.
Mercury customers can enjoy a wonderful 50% off selected e.bike hires in the Waikato, when booking with River Riders and Lake District Adventures.
Cruise the scenic Te Awa Cycleway or challenge yourself on the Waikato River Trails - the choice is yours!
Just use the promo code 'RIDEWONDERFUL' and provide your Mercury account number when booking. Terms apply.
Boutique accommodation, tasty cafés and adventures await in your new favourite part of NZ.
Find trail maps, guides and all the important info you need on the official Waikato River Trails website. Their friendly team is available to help you plan your trip.
From budget friendly camping and backpackers for groups, to gorgeous B&B’s, check out the accommodation.
No mountain bike? No problem! Hire for a day, a weekend, or more.
Make it easy, and find out more about arranging your pick up and drop off’s.
The 105km long cycle and walkway along the banks of the Waikato River showcases the dramatic and beautiful natural environment of the Waikato region. Native bush, historic landmarks, geological formations and wetlands make up this great asset which we’re proud to have supported as Major Sponsor since 2004.
Our staff regularly muck in on riparian planting days, providing space for equipment storage at sites along the trail, and take part in multi-sport events like the Taniwha and Summer Sizzler.
The Waikato River Trails are free and available for public use every day.
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We acknowledge the passing of Nigel Te Hiko, historian and kaumātua of Raukawa who appears in this video, 15 September 2020.