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Self Guided Waikato River Trail Walk Ride and Paddle

Piarere, Waikato - Show on map
Riverside Adventures Waikato


  • Hike to Jones Landing to view the pink hues of the ignimbrite bluffs at Arapuni
  • Bike from Arapuni Dam to Little Waipa looking for Pukekos
  • Kayak from Little Waipa back to base, or from base up Pokaiwhenua Stream

Tackle the Waikato River Trail by bike, by foot and by boat! Walk, ride and paddle along parts of the trail and explore spectacular native bush, with stops at Jones Landing, Arapuni Dam and Little Waipa.

What's Included?

  • Fully self guided full day walk, kayak and mountain bike adventure
  • All equipment hire
  • Shuttle transport

At over 100km long, the Waikato River Trail is an adventure waiting to happen! With this "triventure" you'll take on three different activities - walk, ride and paddle all in one day!

Walk along part of the Waikato River Trail, travel though some spectacular native bush. Stop over on the lookout high above Jones Landing to view the pink hues of the ignimbrite bluffs of the upper Arapuni.

Meet up with the bikes to ride from Arapuni Dam through the village and over the swing-bridge to Little Waipa on grade 2 undulating trails. Ride over native wetlands on boardwalks, and keep an eye out for Pukekos!

Kayak from Little Waipa down river to the southern end of Lake Karapiro back to headquarters, or from headquarters up to the picturesque Pokaiwhenua Stream and canyon.

This is a self guided adventure with plenty of opportunity for you to stop for photos or take in your surroundings.

Session Length

  • Please allow a full day for this experience


A zero alcohol and smoking policy applies.


  • All children under 15 to be accompanied by a capable adult
  • Minimum age is 8 years


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

A minimum of two people are required.

Dress Code

Please bring warm layer clothing (preferrably not cotton) as evening temperatures do drop. No jeans. Overpants, splash jackets and wetshoes will be provided.

This experience takes place in Piarere, Waikato - 15 minutes from Cambridge, 45 minutes from Rotorua, 45 mins from Tauranga.

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