You’ve got the blood pumping in Auckland, why not get your heart racing in the Waikato?

From great on-the-water activities including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, abundant walking and hiking to cycling adventures and motor sport action there is plenty of action-packed activities in the Waikato that are sure to get the adrenaline following.

The mighty Waikato is full of hidden gems we know you’ll LOVE!

Water Activities

Kayak in Raglan

Water defines the Waikato region, from the harbours and surf of the west coast to the rivers and waterways that course through its heart, including the country’s longest river. The Waikato River itself and the hydro lakes that have been formed along it provide a base for boating, kayaking, rowing, fishing and cruising. While on the rugged west coast, surfing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and more are all on offer in Raglan.


A trip to the Waikato region isn’t complete without a few days spent exploring by bike. There are hundreds of kilometres of trail to discover, offering riders a close-up look at the region's picturesque scenery and fascinating past.

Laid-back riders and family groups will love the sights of the Hauraki Rail Trail and the backcountry adventure of the Timber Trail, while the rugged Waikato River Trails offer excitement for serious mountain bikers and families of intermediate riding ability.

Whether hurtling down forest-clad hills or meandering alongside winding rivers and through rolling farmland, the region’s tracks and trails offer memorable experiences for riders of all fitness and skill levels.

Walking & Hiking Trails

Blue Spring, Putaruru, Waikato

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.

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.


Why not take a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School and learn how to ride the waves!

Raglan has many claims to fame, including one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world, combined with a unique bohemian vibe that flows through its streets.

The coastal town is renowned for its natural beauty and the environmental values held by its people. Far reaching black sand beaches, picturesque limestone coasts, lush nature walks and stunning waterfalls can call be found here.

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