Walking & Hiking Trails

From casual strolls along the river to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain tracks, the Waikato region has a variety of great walking trails to suit everyone.

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A local’s guide to walking & hiking trails in Waikato, NZ

Meander alongside the Waikato River or get the pulse racing climbing to an inspirational mountain top view. There is everything from gentle jaunts on well laid out tracks to more ambitious hikes including overnight hut stays – and it's all easily accessible.

You don’t need to be super fit to enjoy super views in the Waikato region. The region’s high points have breathtaking vistas, whether that’s the rich green farming countryside spread below you like a checked tablecloth, or the distant sight of snow-capped mountains to the south.

The Waikato region is heaven for cyclists, whether on or off road. For more on cycleways in the regions visit our Waikato cycle trails

Check out the range of walking trails below:

Walking Trails in the Waikato region


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  • Hakarimata Summit Track

    Top 11 Waikato Walking Trails

  • Mangapohue Natural Bridge, Waitomo, Waikato, NZ

    Mangapohue Natural Bridge Waitomo

  • Sanctuary Mountain, Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand

    Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

  • Waiorongomai Valley Walk, Te Aroha, New Zealand

    Waiorongomai Valley Te Aroha

  • Bridal veil falls, Waikato Walks, Raglan, NZ

    Waireinga / Bridal Veil Falls Raglan

  • Wairere Falls, Matamata, New Zealand

    Wairere Falls Matamata

  • Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve, Te Kuiti, Waikato

    Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve Te Kuiti

  • Blue Spring, Te Waihou Walkway Putaruru

    Blue Spring - Te Waihou Walkway

  • Mt Karioi, Raglan, New Zealand

    Mt Karioi Raglan

  • Mt Pirongia summit, Te Awamutu, New Zealand

    Mt Pirongia Forest Park

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