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.

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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  • Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Walk, Gordonton, Hamilton, NZ

    Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Track

  • Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, Cambridge, NZ

    Maungakawa Scenic Reserve Cambridge

  • Yarndley's Bush, Te Awamutu, Waikato, NZ

    Yarndley’s Bush

  • Waitanguru Falls Walk, Waitomo, NZ

    Mangaotaki Walk & Waitanguru Falls Walk

  • Te Tapui Loop Track

  • Piripiri Cave Walk, Waitomo Caves, NZ

    Piripiri Cave Walk Waitomo

  • University of Waikato Campus Walks

  • Lake Moananui, Tokoroa, NZ

    Lake Moananui Reserve Tokoroa

  • Kakepuku Mountain Track, Te Awamutu, Waikato

    Kakepuku Track Te Awamutu

  • Lake Hakanoa Walkway, Huntly, NZ

    Lake Hakanoa, Huntly Domain

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