Follow the meandering flow of our country's longest river, sidle beside several narrow and dark lakes that are tucked behind the several hydro-electric dams that are crossed to complete the journey.

Most sections are an intermediate ride on gravel or natural surface with undulating terrain.  The trail can be ridden any time of the year, is suitable for mountain bikers and can be undertaken in sections or cycled in a few days.

The Waikato River Trails are an 'A to B' trail (with a couple of options at Arapuni) following the river between Lake Karapiro at the northern most end and Atiamuri farther south. Each section is named after the lake the trail runs beside.

The trail can be ridden all year, in any direction with minimal height difference between Lake Karapiro and Atiamuri Dam. The majority of the trail is relatively wide with a gravel surface and apart from a couple of exceptions the trail is off-road.

Toilets are scattered along the trail, however none are present at the two trailheads. The trail is generally well delineated, with blue plastic trail markers to help along the way. The majority of the accommodation and food providers are located in the small towns along the way.

Please refer to the official trail website and Facebook links for the most recent safety updates, conditions and trail details.

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