For information on Waikato’s cycleways, visit www.hamiltonwaikato.com.
Waiuku Forest, 13km south of Waiuku covers 1,508 hectare and is planted in Pinus Radiata. While a ‘working forest’, it provides a wide range of recreational opportunities including a range of mountain biking tracks. Lookouts offer extensive views over the Tasman Sea, Port Waikato and the Waikato River. Access to the forest is restricted to between 7am- 6pm daily.
Lake Puketerini, Huntly
Puketirini Park, a former opencast mine, is now Lake Puketerini, a pristine lake for sailing, boating, skiing, cycling around and kayaking. Enjoy easy cross-country walks, runs or mountain bike rides over rolling countryside.
Te Awa – The Great NZ River Ride (cycle way)
When complete in 2017, Te Awa will be 70km long and form part of a complete cycle trail along the Waikato River. This easy ride is perfect for individuals and families and provides a unique viewpoint of the picturesque Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand. For more information, including completed sections, visit the Te Awa Great New Zealand River Ride.
Mountain Bike Trails
There are many mountain bike trails dotted throughout the Waikato district and greater region, with tantalising names such as Mount Karioi Loop and Pipiwharauroa Trail and Te Miro Mountain Bike Park. Visit Hamilton & Waikato Tourism for a full list and download their cycling brochure giving details on the tracks and trails. Raglan's home of Mountain Biking is Te Ara Kakariki. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.