Take your own magical journey and discover the many natural wonders hidden in the Hamilton & Waikato region. Explore landscapes the evoke thoughts of Tolkien -esk tales of quests and ancients lands as rolling green hills give way to mountainous peaks and forested ranges. From leisurely strolls through wide and flat scenic walking tracks to mountain bike trails and overnight hikes, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a range of ways to explore.

By Foot

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

The largest inland ecological sanctuary of its kind, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari provides insight into an untouched native landscape as it would have been thousands of years ago. Walk through the lush native forest and be greeted by friendly native birdlife such as Kaka, Takahe and if you are lucky Kiwi. Maungatautari has a variety of great walking tracks that vary in length.

Te Waihou walkway - The Blue Spring, Putaruru, Waikato, NZ

The Blue Spring

Te Aroha
Mt Te Aroha provides a plethora of great walking and cycling tracks, most with some remnants of the town’s rich gold mining history. Climb the mountain to experience spectacular views across the Hamilton & Waikato region, and then relax in the world’s only natural hot water soda spring at the mountains base.

The Blue Spring
The Blue Spring at the Te Waihou Walkway is so pure it is clear while still creating a blue hue, making for a spectacular stream and the source of over 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

By Bike

Waikato River Trails
The Waikato River trails provides around 100km of cycling trails that stretch from Karapiro in the North to Mangakino in the south, following the Waikato River. Trails range in level of difficulty from beginner to advance providing something for everyone.

Waikato River Trails, South Waikato, New Zealand

Waikato River Trails

Hauraki Rail Trail
77km of cycling trail taking in the towns of Te Aroha, Paeroa, Waikino, Thames and Kopu, The Hauraki Rail Trail is an excellent insight into the mining history of the region. The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the 18 great rides in New Zealand and follows two historic railway lines at an easy grade level.

Pureora Timber Trail
Bush covered hills and deep gorges make up the 85km Pureora Timber Trail. Constructed along historic bush tramways, the Timber Trail is a 2-3 day cycling adventure which can be ridden north to south for an easy level or south to north for a more challenging option.

Te Awa River Ride
Te Awa, the great New Zealand river ride when complete will stretch 70kms along the mighty Waikato River. Offering views of rural landscapes, the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro, the Cambridge to Karapiro section of the ride is an easy ride for perfect for families, walkers and joggers.