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. Waikato has three NZ Cycle Trail Great Rides: The Hauraki Rail Trail, backcountry Timber Trail, and challenging Waikato River Trails. Te Awa follows the river for 70km, the route weaves through rural and urban landscapes, taking in waterfalls and historic Maori sites as well as trendy shops, cafes and wineries.
MTB Parks include Sainsbury Road in the Waipa District, Pukete Farm in Hamilton city, Cougar MTB Park near Tokoroa. And check out loops in and around Raglan, in Otorohanga.
Waikato Dirt Features
Riding the Timber Trail by Dave Mitchell
Waikato River Trails
A local's guide to cycle trails in Waikato, NZ
Take a look at some of the top cycle trails in the Hamilton & Waikato region. Cycling enthusiast Glyn Wooller chats about his passion for cycling and the variations of tracks and trails the Waikato region of New Zealand has to offer including the Waikato River Trails, Hauraki Rail Trail, Te Awa - The Great New Zealand River Ride and The Timber Trail.