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Explore the MIghty Waikato alongside New Zealands longest river on the saddle of a bike or Paihikara Hiko (Electric bike) form Ngāuawāhia 'The River Kingdom' in the north to Lake Karapiro 'The Home of Champions' in the south.

Set aside 1-3 days and let us host you with an itinerary that takes you on a family friendly adventure alongside and apon upto 166km of New Zealand's longest river 'Waikato Te Awa (The Waikato River).

Te Awa 'The Great New Zealand River Ride' is a 61km easy grade 1-2 trail that starts a its northern most end just 1hours drive from Auckland Airport in Ngaruawahia, via Hamilton CBD onto Cambridge and ends at Lake Karapiro. Across the Lake awaits the more advanced 105km Waikato River Trial.

We have put together a number of packages to enhance and complete your Mighty Waikato experience including bike to cruise ships, kayaks and Jet boats including meals and transport.

Discover the many hidden gems of the Mighty Waikato with us today.

Facilities and Services

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$45-$141 (Adult)
(January 1 - January 1)
$5-$10 (Child, 11 and under))


Business Hours
Retail & Service: 10am to 4pm / Rentals & Tourism: By booking (Flexible hours)
Months of Operation
All Year


Proximity To Airport
1.5hours (95km)
Proximity To Coach Terminal
5min Walk
Proximity To Town
All of our 3 locations along the river have parking & facilities


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