Best trail running trails in Waikato, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular running 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 trail running trails in Waikato, New Zealand
Top trails (28)
#1 - The Pinnacles Track
Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
Spectacular views all along the way! Well marked. Easy to know where the trail was at all times. Definitely a good workout too. Erosion is a bit of a problem at a few of the steeper portions, making for uneven footing, but generally the trail is well maintained. The view at the summit is worth it!Show more
#2 - Mount Tauhara
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
To get to the start of the walk head out of Taupo on State Highway 5 towards Napier, go through the new roundabout and turn in about 3 k’s off at Mountain Road on your left hand side. The views are spectacular and well worth the hard slog. Doing the first part over the farmland is not so exciting but once up into the bush there are some great sections.Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - Nikau Walk and Kaniwhaniwha Cave
Ohaupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#5 - Waimangu Thermal Valley Loop
Reporoa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
There is an entrance fee of NZ$37.50 per adult for the hike.Show more
#6 - Main Range Track and Collins Drive Circuit
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#7 - Pauanui Summit Trail
Tairua, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
#8 - New Kakepuku Summit Track
Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#9 - Lake Ngaroto Walkway
Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
This easy walk around Lake Ngaroto is a family favorite and great for picnics and birdwatching.Show more
#10 - Mount Karioi via Wairake Track
Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
This is the shortest route to the summit and isn't as steep as sections of the Karioi Track. It doesn't have the same views. It’s a 40-min walk across private farmland to the bush edge. Respect the access privilege which is only available during daylight hours. From the bush edge, the track climbs steadily through coastal forest, comprising kohekohe, māhoe, rewarewa, kamahi and a variety of ferns and shrubs, to the summit. Show more
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