Welcome to the Mighty Waikato

Covering Waikato, Hauraki. Coromandel Peninsula, northern King Country much of the Taupo District and parts of Rotorua District, the Waikato Region has become a Meca for off-road cycling in New Zealand.

The options are many and varied, from the family friendly pleasure rides of the newer Waikato Rail Trails to the more entrenched MTB networks of Te Miro (highly recommended) and Te Aroha you could spend several weeks enjoying the riding action of this vibrant region.  As most of the cyclewaynewzealand.co.nz crew live close to the Waikato, you can be assured we will be delivering plenty of great info for you.

Waikato Trails

  • Te Miro MTB Park

    Waikato, New Zealand

    Totara MTB Park, Manukau, Auckland, NZTe Miro MTB Park gets a 10 out of 10 from our grommets with great flow and the awesome "Native" trail...
  • Te Awa River Ride, Waikato

    Last update on Sun., May. 8, 2011

    Following the mighty Waikato River (New Zealand's longest) the Te Awa River Ride is a gem of a ride proving a wonderful asset for the region...
  • Building the Cycleway Can Be Dangerous

    Dramatic video

    Crane Topples

    'Dramatic' video footage shows a large crane toppling over whilst working on a bridge for the Cycleway in Waikato...

Latest News

  • Another $330m to be spent on NZ cycleways

    June 2015 and New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced that 41 cycleways around the country will be getting what he called the "biggest investment in cycling" in NZ's history
  • Bike on Pavement

    Auckland's Ambitious Plans for Cycling

    Proof will be in the pudding

    With a proposed $111m - yes, ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS - Auckland Transport's new walking and cycling manager has some interesting thoughts on the cycleway ahead (so to speak)...
  • Hunua MTB Trails

    Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

    Wonderful new asset for Auckland

    Opened in October 2013, this Auckland Regional Park has had a major MTB boost over winter 2015. Check out our video of the new stuff at this fabulous piece of Hauraki magic with stunning views during an adrenaline boosting ride...

  • Auckland Airport MTB

    Auckland Airport MTB Trails

    Learn to fly - on your bike!

    Yes, it is true - there are MTB trails at Auckland Airport! And our very own Gabb was the leading designer!

  • Queen Charlotte Track now part of Cycle Trail

    Posted on Mon., Mar. 1, 2013

    Some of correspondents rate this the best multi-day ride ever. And now it gets an extra level of recognition...

Te Awa River Ride, Waikato

Last update on Sun., May. 8, 2011

Go to http://te-awa.org.nz for more information.

The trail commences at Ngaruawahia in the north, and passing through the communities of Horotiu, Hamilton, Cambridge and Karapiro before extending to link with the Waikato River Trail at Horahora on the shores of Lake Karapiro. The primary feature of the landscape along the cycleway will be New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato. The surrounding landscape is a mix of farmland, exotic and native vegetation. There are initiatives to enhance the native vegetation along various parts of the route.

Although never far from existing infrastructure (e.g. bus routes in the vicinity of Ngaruawahia and Hamilton, Hamilton Airport, road access including SH1, accommodation, shops, wineries), the proposed route will open up to visitors some very scenic sections of the river not currently accessible to the public.

The general topography of the land is gentle, resulting in a route that will be easy to ride. The novice cyclist will be well catered for throughout Te Awa. The grade description of Te Awa will fall under Grade Two – ‘easy' with mostly smooth trail (2.5m wide & concrete in many places) and only some gentle climbs. The width of the track will also allow for double file which will bring a social component to the ride for families and cyclists of all experience levels.

Te Awa has been designed to appeal to a very broad cross section of market segments. Te Awa will be highly accessible especially in Hamilton City and Cambridge, it will have an easy contour, and excellent surface throughout the vast majority of the ride, and it is to be primarily traffic free.