Best trails in Waikato, New Zealand

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Trying to find the best Waikato trails? AllTrails has 111 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, Te Aroha or Paeroa, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 48 moderate trails in Waikato ranging from 0.7 to 17.5 miles and from 26 to 5,170 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Waikato, New Zealand
Top trails (111)
#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 - Cathedral Cove Loop
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Great trail and almost all paved. There is quite a bit of up and down, and a ton of stairs at the very end so those with knee issues should beware. If you continue on the shore, there is an old rope swing, too, that you can see from the hillside. The info center is a good stop if coming from the beach because there is shade, restrooms, and food/ice cream trucks. This is also where the public transit has a stop. The beach is quite a bit rockier here, though so just a heads’ up. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/hahei-area/tracks/cathedral-cove-walk/Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Blue Spring via Te Waihou Walkway from Leslie Road Trailhead
Putaruru, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#7 - 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
#8 - Hakarimata Walkway
Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 57 m
Great hike or climb. More than 1100 steps up, it’s well shaded. There's a beautiful little waterfall towards the bottom of the stairs. Great workout for a day. Trail is well maintained. The summit has a great view of the Waikato. Show more
#9 - Mount Tauhara
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 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
#10 - 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
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