in the stunning beauty of Lake Karapiro and continue south to explore the Waikato River Trails



Day One:

Avantidrome to Lake Karapiro

Riding Distance:


Optional Add-On:

Have a Go Track Riding Session, Avantidrome, Camjet Tour,
Kayaking at Lake Karapiro, Float Experience, Cambridge

Difficulty grading:

Easy / Mainly Shared Path

Day Two:

Waikato River Trail

Riding Distance:


Difficulty grading

Easy / Mainly Shared Path

Package Includes:

2 nights’ accommodation at Podium Lodge

2 x Breakfast

2 x Snack Bags

Transportation to Ngaruawahia and return from the Hamilton Gardens

Transportation Return from Lake Karapiro

EBike Hire including helmet, lock Water bottle Maps / Detailed daily riding instructions

Back up support service if required including break-down

Optional Extras River Cruise | Avantidrome Track Session | Camjet Tour | Kayaking at Lake Karapiro |Float Experience, Cambridge

From $539 per person


Day One : Avantidrome to Lake Karapiro

Start the day with breakfast in bed – or in Podium Lodge’s Hub!  Or you may wish to sample the delicious brekky menu at The Bikery at Avantidrome.

Ride 2 minutes across the road to the world-class velodrome – the Avantidrome – for a once in a lifetime experience. If you have booked an Avantidrome tour or a “Have a Go” track experience register at the Avantidrome reception, but be sure to look around upstairs at the velodromes steep embankments.

You’ll then head south past the Gallagher bike track and Perry playground towards Cambridge, where there are a variety of cafes and tourist stops. Next to the town hall we have the iSite information centre informing visitors of every event and sight worth seeing in the district. Time permitting take a stroll around Lake TeKoutu, or along the Cambridge’s bustling Victoria Street. Notice the street plaques adorning our many district World & Olympic Champions, and pop into Cambridge history museum as you make your way towards the High level bridge.

From the bridge you will follow the map along Shakespeare, Raleigh and Carlyle streets until you re-join Te Awa.  From here you will journey out to Karapiro passing by many horse studs and country estates. Upon arriving at Karapiro you may wish to venture across Karapiro dam, taking seven years to build in the 1940s. Returning to Karapiro, take Gate 1 and cycle along the internal road past Don Rowland’s centre, named after the pioneering businessman and director of the 1974 Rowing World Championships.

Here on the embankment you will find Podium Cafe, time for a rest and refreshment or perhaps lunch.  From Podium Café you will head south past the NZ Rowing High Performance centre where our Olympians train on a daily basis, follow the trail to the boardwalk section until you arrive at the rowing race start pontoons. This is your turnaround point.

Our shuttle can collect you or you may decide to cycle back to your accommodation – we can direct you to a number of other wonderful Cambridge attractions for your return trip.

Day Two : Waikato river trail

Leaving from Cambridge at 10am, you will be shuttled about 25 minutes south of Cambridge to Horahora (Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark) and the start of the Waikato River Trails. The Waikato River Trails is one of NZ’s Great Rides in the Nga Haerenga network, is 100km in its entirety and is a gravel trail graded 2-3 – Easy to Intermediate*

Don’t worry – we’re just sending you on the first section – an out-and-back 23km, with a smashing café and excuse to stop halfway! This Karapiro leg is a really popular section of the Trail which includes a 500m boardwalk through a unique wetland amidst the gravel trail that follows the banks of Lake Karapiro. From the carpark, the first 5.3km of Trail is next to the road, with some cracking lake views. After the Little Waipa Reserve (campsite, ie – toilets here!), the Trail sits alongside Lake Karapiro and winds its way for around 6km to Arapuni Village.

This section is for the most part undulating, with some short but steep wee hills. But with stunning scenery and opportunities to stop along the way, it really is a great way to experience the river views. When you get to the second “gate” at the top of the hill in Arapuni (after about 10km), you’ll reach Powerhouse Road. Here you can choose to turn left, then almost immediately right to head back on the Trail for another 1.5km to Arapuni. You can’t miss the Swingbridge on your right as you come
into Arapuni, and it’s worth a tiny few metres detour to go and check out the dam. Or, you can turn right at Powerhouse Rd and follow the road around to the other end of the Arapuni Swingbridge, and experience riding over this piece of history!
Either way, at the dam you’ll head up the hill to Arapuni Village – turn left at the top here onto Arapuni Road and you can’t miss Rhubarb Café just down the road.

Enjoy your refuelling with the knowledge that there’s more down than up on your return leg home! Retrace your route back to the carpark and the shuttle will pick you up from 2pm – back to Cambridge in time to enjoy a meal out and toast your Trail adventure!

More information on the Waikato River Trails can be found at http://www.waikatorivertrails.co.nz * Grade 2 (Easy) – Off road trails are predictable and mostly flat with some gentle climbs. The surface is either firm gravel or sealed. The trail is wide enough for two people to cycle side by side at times. On road trails generally follow quiet roads. * Grade 3 (Intermediate) – Off road trails can be narrow and may include hill climbs, steep drop-offs and small river crossings. The trail surface is mostly firm, but may include muddy or loose sections. There may be obstacles to avoid.