along the Waikato River experiencing both the

Te Awa River Ride and the Waikato River Trail


Day One:

Ngaruawahia to Hamilton Gardens

Riding Distance:


Optional Add-On:

River Cruise from Hamilton Gardens to Mystery Creek

Difficulty grading:

Easy / Shared Path

Day Two:

Waikato River Trail

Riding Distance:


Difficulty grading

Easy / Intermediate Off Road Gravel Trail

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



Departing from Cambridge at 10am, our shuttle takes you to the foot of the Hakarimata Range in the heart of Ngaruawahia. Ride south along the Waikato River glimpsing precious views of Turangawaewae Marae, home of the Maori King.

Enjoy the gentle rolls of the River Ride over the newly opened Perry Bridge – already a landmark in the District. Continue south before detouring to enjoy a coffee at Horotiu’s Coffee Club – and check out the Perry Bike Park for a bit of fun! From there you’ll carry on past the region’s largest Pa Site, Maungaharekeke Pa, the Regional Equestrian Centre and Hamilton Mountain Bike Park before reaching Hamilton’s CBD. Here you’re spoiled for choice for activities – visit the Waikato Museum, enjoy some local shopping or explore the public art dotted along the main road.

You’ll end your trip at the world-famous Hamilton Gardens where our shuttle will collect you and take you back to your accommodation. Shuttle to dinner in Cambridge

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 * 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.