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Waiuku Forest track is great for cycling and is open 7am to 6pm daily. Waikato district, New Zealand.

Waiuku Forest

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.

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Lake Puketirini is a great easy cycle for the whole family in Huntly, Waikato district, New Zealand

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.

Te Awa Cycleway will run from Cambridge to Ngaruawahia when complete. #Waikatodistrict

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

Biking around Te Ara Kakariki, Raglan's mountain bike track, Waikato district, NZ

Te Awa Cycleway

Ngaruawahia to Horotiu loop

Waikato walks

Welcome to New Zealand’s walking heartland, drawing visitors from around the world keen to soak up the district’s breathtaking scenery, clean air, unique landscapes and clear night skies. New Zealand’s national walkway, Te Araroa (Long Pathway) passes through the Waikato region and the stunning Hakarimata Range (also part of Te Araroa) offers visitors outstanding access to a fine stand of kauri trees. The district offers a wide range of tracks to suit all ages.


Given its agricultural strengths, it’s not surprising that the Waikato enjoys a wonderful temperate climate. Temperatures generally range between 21 and 26°C in summer and 5 and 14°C in winter. In 2017 the average temperature was 13.2°C (0.5°C above the 1981-2010 annual average). The mean annual rainfall ranges between 1000 and 1250mm and annual sunshine hours range between 2000 and 2200 hours.


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