Cycling & Cycle Ways Itinerary

Duration: 1 hr - 5 Day

A trip to the Waikato region of New Zealand would not be complete without exploring a few of its picturesque cycle trails. Waikato offers up a range of scenery from beaches to lakes and rivers to rural landscapes. We invite you to come and enjoy an unforgettable journey you won’t get anywhere else. Below we have offered a few options of cycling & cycle ways itinerary close to our own front door.

Option 1

Hauraki Rail Trail

“The Hauraki Rail Trail is a short drive from Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from the quaint townships of Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi and Matamata. Officially starting from Kaiaua in the North, the start of the trail traces the Shorebird Coast along the Firth of Thames. Riders enjoy contrasting landscapes from the verdant Hauraki Plains, to the intriguing Karangahake Gorge, carved by the forces of nature. Finally, there’s a gentle ride South through lush farmlands to the hometown of the Hobbiton Movie Set.”

Option 2

Waikato River Trails

“Experience the unseen…The trails cover about 105km of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land. They wind their way along a path that encompasses the magic and beauty of New Zealand native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, interesting rock formations and geological delights. Be inspired as you walk, run or cycle through grassed farmland, open reserves, boardwalks over significant wetlands, and expansive lake and river views.”

Option 3

Riverside Adventures

“We offer mountain bike, kayak and SUP hire, along with kayak glow worm tours and guided mountain bike tours. We also provide regular shuttle services along the Waikato River Trail and to other trails in surrounding areas. We are privileged to be able to share our amazing local area and strive to offer the highest levels of professionalism and experience. Our services are available to anyone of varying age and fitness levels to try, and we pride ourselves on offering great value for money. Located 26.5km NW of Blue Springs.”

Riverside Adventures

We have an abundance of shops and eateries all within walking distance of each other, conveniently located in the town center. At the Matamata i-SITE We also have a wide range of activities whether you’d like to relax or be active. If you are looking for something to fill your day or even your week we have a list of suggested itineraries you may be interested in. We take pride in our locally owned and operated businesses.

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