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With three of the NZ Great rides based in the region, along with a variety of mountain bike tracks, there are plenty of cycling options to choose from.

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There are hundreds of kilometres of trail to discover, offering riders a close-up look at the region's picturesque scenery and fascinating past. From the Waikato River Trails and the Timber Trail to the Hauraki Rail Trail, the Te Awa River Ride and many more...

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 Cycle Trails

Waikato River Trails

There are few better places for cycling than the banks of the mighty Waikato River. From native forest and birdlife to hydro dams, suspension bridges and exhilarating downhills, there’s plenty for mountain bikers to enjoy.
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The Timber Trail

The Timber Trail follows historic tramways through the native forest of the Pureora Forest Park. It stretches for 85km between Pureora village and the old logging town of Ongarue, offering riders a backcountry adventure through an area abundant in birdlife. Read More

Hauraki Rail Trail

To the north of the region is one of its hidden gems – the Hauraki Rail Trail. This 82km ride makes a great three day ride and stretches from Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula to the historic Waikino Railway Station and Waihi in the east, and the spa town of Te Aroha to the south.  Read More

Te Awa - The Great NZ River Ride

This scenic 70km river ride is under construction between Ngaruawahia and Horahora, 20km south of the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro. The route weaves through rural and urban landscapes, taking in waterfalls and historic Maori sites as well as trendy shops, cafes and wineries. Read More

Raglan Cycle Trails

Raglan, famous for its left-hand surf break, is also home to two great cycle ways including the Mount Marioi Loop, a challenging half-day ride with views of the west coast and the Pipiwharauroa Trail which brings you up close to the wind turbines of the Te Uku Windfarm. Read More

Hamilton City River Rides

This shared walkway and cycleway runs for 10km through central Hamilton, along the banks of the Waikato River. The track is well signposted and can be accessed at multiple points along the river. Read More

Mountain Bike Parks

Hamilton Mountain Bike Park

Conveniently located within Hamilton’s city limits, Hamilton Mountain Bike Track (also known as Pukete Mountain Bike Park) in Pukete Farm Park is great for riders looking for something close to the city, cramming lots of track into a relatively small, centralised area. Read More

Cougar Mountain Bike Park

Located on the outskirts of Tokoroa, Cougar Mountain Bike Park offers 35km of off-road forest tracks with views over the surrounding area. The park’s 14 different tracks range from loop, cross country and downhill, catering to riders of all abilities. Read More

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park, 20 minutes north-east of Cambridge, is a new mountain biking area in the Waikato that's proving popular with a wide range of riders. Te Miro Mountain Bike Park offers a variety of terrain and tracks to suit active families as well as hard-core enthusiasts. Read More

Mt Te Aroha

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Te Aroha, this mountain bike track offers something for all abilities, including challenging ascents and exhilarating downhill sections for more daring riders. The varied track takes in native bush, open grassy areas, waterfalls and stream crossings. Read More

Mt Pirongia Mountain Bike Trails

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Pirongia, the Sainsbury Road Forest Trails are part of the Waipa Mountain Bike Club’s network of mountain biking trails. Around 8 kilometres of off-road trails wind through the Sainsbury road forest west of the township of Pirongia. Read More

Avantidrome - Home of Cycling

While Olympic medal winning cyclists such as Sarah Ulmer (road and track) and Sarah Walker (BMX) already call Cambridge home, the town is now fast becoming New Zealand’s official home of cycling with the new national cycling centre of excellence situated just north of town. Read More