Best river trails in Waikato, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular river trails in Waikato with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of river trails in Waikato, New Zealand
Top trails (36)
#1 - Wairere Falls Track
Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#2 - The Pinnacles Loop Track
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
Very good trail with great views of the valley along the climb. Once you reach the pinnacles hut (2.5 hours) you can rest a little and head up to the peak. Lots of stairs to get to the top and then climbing up metal ladders - take care when doing this part. So worth it with the views of the forest and coast at the top! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/things-to-do/kauaeranga-kauri-trail/Show more
#3 - Blue Spring via Te Waihou Walkway from Whites Road
Putaruru, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Beautiful walk! Flat and easy out and back route. Parking is right in front of the trail and you can park in both ends. Best to go on a sunny day to see the blue colors and to go early as it is very popular.Show more
#4 - Windows Walk
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 26 m
NOTE: Users have reported that as of July 2020, there is a partial closure on this trail.Show more
#5 - Karangahake Mountain Track Loop
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
This loop combines several tracks into a single hike. It traverses the Scottsman Gully, then a portion of the Crown Trail followed by a direct ascent to the top of Karangahake Summit. The return is via the Mountain Summit Trail that then connects back to Crown returning the same way it started. There is plenty of parking at the Karangahake Gorge swing bridge, but it can get pretty busy during the holiday season. Additional parking is available off Crown Hill Road. But if you park there it shortens the hike to exclude Scottsman Gully; which would be a miss as that portion of the trail is beautiful with cascading waters from a stream that empties into the Ohinemuri River. Most of the trail is graded and wide. The only section that is a footpath and somewhat narrow, but definitely steep is the 0.7 mile section starting clockwise for the loop. It is a constant climb and will test your cardio. At the top the views are magnificent. As far as the eyes can see towards the Coromandel and Kaimai. The plains are vast and never ending - yet the ocean is visible in the distance. The return loop is an easy downhill walk on a wide graded path. There are a few small stream crossings depending on the rain, and keep a look out for the occasional mining tunnel. This is a great alternative to the gorge walks which can get very busy at times. Show more
#6 - Karangahake Old Rail Tunnel Trail
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
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.Show more
#7 - Nikau Walk and Kaniwhaniwha Cave
Ohaupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#8 - Crown Track
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
#9 - Main Range Track and Collins Drive Circuit
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#10 - Wharekirauponga Track
Whangamata, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
This former old horse-drawn tram track passes by rock formations on its way to the old camp and battery site of the former goldmine. After passing the sites, the track makes its way to Wharekirauponga Falls.Show more
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