Explore the most popular walking trails in Waikato Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 day ago

We did this hike starting from the North End of Hahei beach, there are little sign posts all the way along so its super easy to find!

A few stairs but a nice gentle walk. very picturesque.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent track, has the possibility to get very slippery during the wetter months l. Plenty of opportunities for a swim in the river

It’s amazing.

10 days ago

Really beautiful walk. Excellent place to stretch your legs for a bit if on the road.

Stunning sweeping views, but you have to work for it!

There are multiple river crossings. It made the journey to see the kauri’s very interesting, you definitely had to earn it!

Interesting things to see. A shame how many idiots drop rubbish into geothermals. The views from the hill hike are worth.

Likely a great ride for mountain bikers, but sadly not a great walk for hikers due to the high number of high speed and non-track sharing bikers - very sad! Hey bikers if you can't see what's around the corner, please be prepared to stop ' thanks. The track its self is good and firm, and wanders it's way through regenerating bush above the lake. The lookout points were a little disappointing due to plant over growth blocking what would be great views. It's a long trek on foot so, take water and snacks and make a day of it. Oh, and take care on the tight corners, chances are you'll get a least one or two high speed surprises.

hiking
13 days ago

There is smaller 3km walk starting from near Wentfalls falls campground if you do not want to do all 23.5 km

Great alternative to the often busy gorge walks. This one provides fantastic views of the area and a birds eye view of the swing bridges at the start of the gorge. Did the loop clockwise for a great cardio workout to the summit.

hiking
17 days ago

Very beautiful.

Loved it! Easy and impressive. A must see if you go to Waitomo.

Sloppy trail today. View up the top was pretty good, but doesn’t compare to other hikes we’ve completed.

Note that parts are now closed due to Kauri die back. Check ahead before planning trip

walking
28 days ago

Good for beginners, tourists and children. Short walk. Immediate gratification with views. Don't expect a hike. It's only 15 min at most

1 month ago

Like others say, it’s busy, but we took a shuttle up around 5p, and with the hike taking “45 mins” (without relaxing and taking pictures) would have been rushed to take shuttle back. We walked it back to the parking lot and stayed past 6p down at the cove—which was worth it because most people had left to get the last shuttle !

Can’t beat seeing (in person) the cover snapshot of the newest north island NZ lonely planet book !

hiking
1 month ago

Its an easy walk so if you are looking for a real hike this isn’t it but it was beautiful! So many nice views and we really liked it that there is lots to see along the way. Flashlight wasn’t really necessary but it was convenient to have with us. It drips water when you walk through the caves and you have to, there’s no way around it. We didn’t mind but if you don’t like that bring a coat. We were able to keep our shoes dry but without a flashlight that might be tricky :) The staircases are not many and not hard. If you are in the area definitely do this one!

This is a great ride, picturesque and good for all levels of riders or walkers. This track follows the river to Aritiatia from spa park, and goes over a nice hot stream at the beginning.(which you can soak in at the waikato river). This track actually goes on, by crossing the Aratiatia bridge you can follow the mountain bike signs, and you end up back at Wairakei, and if you still have energy you can carry on either the track back to spa park, or on the Hwy 1 side back to Taupo, so you end up doing a big loop. Sometimes from Aritiatia back to Taupo this way can be a big confusing but just follow your nose or easier still a GPS. Have fun.

A great ride, and would rate it grade 3 because some people would not like the hills, which are not that bad but to some people they would be. If you want to arrange a vehicle at each end it may suit some people. Definitely worth the ride, or walk.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike, if it has rained at all it is extremely muddy and slippery. My girlfriend and I both slipped and fell a couple times with hiking shoes on. The views are spectacular, a must do if you are in the area. be careful and take your time.

What a wonderful bush walk. I was blessed with wonderful weather and the views were spectacular.

I would rate it a bit higher than easy. There are a lot of ups and downs and the climbs are steep in place. But defiantly worthwhile.

I really enjoyed the track! Would like to come back!!

Gorgeous views

Very nice view! It was worth a detour on our way back from Cathedral Cove.

mountain biking
2 months ago

do the whole ride from Paeroa to Waihi and back. Track mostly follows an old gold mining rail line so is pretty flat. Very scenic with a couple of bridges across the river and a long tunnel to ride through.

This little leg stretch is well placed and the hot pools are great too. It's nowhere near kinloch though...

Was a good easy walk, I took my 7 year old she loved it

not worth the money. but hey it's outside and you see some stufg

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