Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride

Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride

Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride
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Te Awa is a free, accessible walk/cycleway that has an overarching positioning of lushness, water, rural green landscape & pockets of native bush. When complete, the Great NZ River Ride will travel 70 kms along the shoreline of New Zealand’s largest & longest river – the mighty Waikato
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We rode the Hamilton to Ngāruawāhia return section and hired bikes from River Riders in Hamilton which is just across the road from access points to the pathway. This was a highlight of our stay in Hamilton. It look us around 3-3.5 hours to complete, with a short stop of five minutes in Ngāruawāhia and continuous cycling in between, so if you don’t need to stop often and cycle at a reasonable pace, a half day (4 hour) bike hire will work if you do the same section. It was about 42 total. We used standard bikes, not electric. The cycleway was in great condition, only a few steeper sections where you are advised to dismount. A few small sections are wooden boardwalk and these can be slippery. There’s plenty of signage so you won’t get lost and from memory there were no on-road sections. Toilets are available at various points along the cycleway.
Written 18 November 2023
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Tim S
Tauranga, New Zealand37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Awesome bike ride along the Waikato river. Rode from Ngaruawahia to Cambridge and my first time on an electric bike - this made a big difference for my fitness (basically lack of)level. Really good eye opening scenery and the ride has been so well constructed for riders and family. Had breaks at Hamilton gardens and the Punnet Café along the way which added to the adventure. Heaps of other places for picnics. Definitely worth a visit and you can segment the ride in to smaller sections.
Written 3 January 2023
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mccdzyne
Papamoa, New Zealand530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Did the Hamilton to Ngaruawahia cycle trail ride around 16 months ago, finally got to do from Hamton to Lake Karapiro section of the Te Awa trail last month, parked in Hamilton Gardens and rode out to Cambridge and then onto Lake Karapiro dam and back- around a 68 km easy E-bike ride. A couple of hilly parts and the odd switch backs, so e-bikes certainly do help us oldies. Easily accessible and well built trail , majority concreted. A few boardwlked parts with netting which may get slippery come winter. But well sign-posted trail, perhaps could do with a toilet facility along its trail somewhere ? Some cafes, foidstops along at Cambridge and Tamahere. Recommend to all you boomers & your E-bikes fir an easy going and fun days ride, you only live once, just do it
Written 2 January 2023
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Kate M
Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Woke up to a beautiful Saturday and thought we’d go and explore part of the Te Awa trail - so glad we did. We parked a Ngaruawahia and cycled along the river as far as the city centre. A really enjoyable ride with lovely country and river views. Highly recommend stopping for refreshments at the Kirk Cafe - very close to the city centre as the food was fabulous. Looking forward to doing the rest of the trail.
Written 14 March 2020
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Juliet R
Auckland New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
We loved our ride along the mighty Waikato. The bike trail is really well serviced and signposted. Rent your bikes from Electrify River Riders - they’re awesome!!
Written 23 September 2019
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This river trail is well worth doing because the scenery is really stunning- while the greenery is simply gorgeous on the whole.
Written 31 July 2019
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Nibsy50
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We did a section of the northern part of the trail from Ngaruwahia to the CBD.

The trail varies from wide paths to bridges and boardwalks, really interesting! The scenery is stunning including rural and water views.

Not too taxing for an unfit rider like me :)
Written 30 March 2019
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Janice
Tutukaka, New Zealand25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
I hired an e-bike from River Riders and followed the mighty Waikato River through parks, farm land, glades of trees, over bridges and into Hamilton City Centre. Most of the route was riverside. Derek cycles this route easily on a standard bicycle.
Written 13 March 2019
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Ross W
Hamilton, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
The trail runs adjacent to the Waikato River from Ngaruawahia in the north to the Hamilton Gardens in the south a length of near 30 km. The surface is concrete or cobble. There are two very short road sections. Native vegetation is along side much of the trail offering shade in the summer. In other places grassland offers variation. Overall it offers a very attractive ride. Go individually or as a group. There's a good coffee stop (and food) about 500m south of the Horotiu bridge (follow the signs on the trail). There are multiple points of entry to the trail. Ride it all or just a few km.
Written 3 March 2019
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GriffnLeanne
Morrinsville, New Zealand96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We rode from hinterland paintball ... just north of fonterra to ngaruawahia and back. About 10km each way? Concrete path to ride all the way along the river and bridges to cross .. places to stop along the way if you wanted to read history etc of the area. Recommend it for all ages and abilities.. look forward to riding more of the trail soon. I did find the website for the Te awa trail a bit hard to follow and would be good if distances between common destinations were on the website.
Written 9 February 2019
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