Trying to find the best Waikato trails? AllTrails has 66 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Taupo, Paeroa or Otorohanga, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 29 moderate trails in Waikato ranging from 0.8 to 26.1 miles and from 36 to 2,198 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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gentle steady climb. good track. one of the better walks we have done. 3 .5 hours return. easy going.

Beautiful views from the top and just amazing scenery around. Steep climb in some areas which can be tricky. The route has some stairs and walkway. A must for anyone young and old.

5 days ago

First 40 mins is quite easy to walk. You will get to ths first viewpoint. This is half way to the top and the hardest part is to getting to the top. We made it in 35-40 mins and the view is amazing. Not really recommend to go to the top after a big rain, as it can get very slippery.

Steep climbs and tricky footing make this a fun and rewarding hike. Bring swimming trunks as there is a nice little pool at the top of the falls

Nice bush hike that ends with a beautiful waterfall. There are some pools along the hike if you bring your togs. Not sure if you're allowed to swim though.

Great walk with some culture, easy! There are different walks to choose from. We liked it! Don't forget your flash light

We did the loop through the tunnel! It was very cool, don't forget your torch, flash light

A stunning hike that leads you through the beautiful thick Kauri Forest up to the top of the mountain. It needs a good hiking shoe, due to the rocky sections. We have done it as a day hike, which is totally make able.
Most of the time you walk in the forest, cool and protected from the sun. We loved the views and the thickness of the forest

A lots of beautiful places and amazing paths with so many stairs (difficult because of that) so really good to stay at the Hut for the night to see the sunset and rest before the return

11 days ago

Great track.
very challenging at some parts but easy enough if you take your time.
A couple of very muddy patches and be aware the track gets narrow so be wary when stepping aside for others.

Easy hike, mainly up stairs. The lookout was a bit disappointing but made for a quick little workout.

12 days ago

I start this walk from the Wentworth Valley campground so it is much shorter. This is one of my favourite dog friendly walks (on lead only), with a lovely view of the Waterfall at the top, it is so nice to have this amazing place available to enjoy with our furry friends! The DoC campsite at the end is also dog friendly and makes a great base for a weekend away with your furry pal!

12 days ago

Great dog friendly walk (on lead) with spots for them to swim and cool off. You’ll need a torch or phone with a light for the dark tunnels. Great swimming hole at the end with plenty of places to jump from, a natural rock slide and a neat spot for a picnic.

Relatively easy walk but take good footwear as this walk has been the death of a few of my jandals.

Great dog friendly DOC campsite ah the end on the waters edge.

Beautiful walk along the river with lovely scenery.

very nice! totally worth it

very nice view. had a good laugh to the top. the steps is a killer.
but worth it.

excellent walk. water is so clear and beautiful. nice simple trail to enjoy

off trail
13 days ago

a track with a few different grades all in one but deffentily worth it once at the top

very nice easy walk. great for the families of all ages

very good for a quick arvo sesh to get the heart pumping

Very easy hike and very pretty as you walk along the spring. Really makes a difference here when the sun is shining down. Pretty busy and heavily trafficked

22 days ago

It's a really good hike which follow the river and pass inside tunnels, so you need a torch. You can easy couple with windows track and you can do 4 km more on a road to arrived at owharoa falls. You can come back at the start by karangake gorge river walkway, it's 5 km more.

Awesome walk, a bit slippery but great views and cool things to look at the whole way up

Boring and average views. Best bit is walk along the stream at the bottom.

Just made it. Far but nice. Steep but worth it. Mostly shady. Many stairs. Don't return at the huts!Walk up to the Pinnacles, that's most exhausting and most beautiful. Did the Billygoat up, Webb Creek down. 3:30h up, 2h down.

27 days ago

Awesome hike through great forests with great lookouts. Very challenging! Chains in places to help you get up some rocks without dying.... Make sure you leave enough time to get back. I was going trying to go as quickly as I could without intentionally rushing and I travelled at 2km/hour or so.

great scenery at the begging of car park which is amazing ...and when u reach the top take some good photos ....

Plz do wear some hiking shoes atleast normal shoes if u don’t have hiking shoes ...have seen two people came up with sandals loll ....well it was not really a good idea when u come to Karioi ...

on Huka Falls Loop

1 month ago

Pretty waterfall with lovely colour water. Not a hike though more of a viewpoint to see the falls. Worth stopping for

1 month ago

Amazing hike with great views from the top. Defiantly recommend booking the hut for the night via DOC WEBSITE not too expensive and allows you to enjoy this place at sunset and sunrise.

Toke us 2hours 40 mins to get to the top of pinnacles via the Webb creek track. Came down via this way too. It is a nice route that is shaded by the sun. Weather at top of pinnacles is colder than down below to bring warmer stuff for up there

one if my favourite walks in the waikato, nice track, can be muddy at the top. waterfall is just beautiful.

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