Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride

Ngaruawahia, Hamilton and Cambridge- Waikato

Distance 70kms when finished Time 1 hour-2days Glade 1 ( Very Easy)

 Te Awa walk and cycleway stretches along the Waikato River, from Ngaruawahia in the north to Karapiro in the south.

Think Te Awa and think wide, flat paths flowing beside the lazy Waikato River. As easy as drifting in a boat down the river, this ride is perfect for everyone.

Te Awa is under construction but off to a good start, with two easy stages at Hamilton and Karapiro ready to ride right now.The trail uses the existing Hamilton City river cycleway through the city. It goes straight through Hamilton City, along the south/east side of the mighty Waikato River and provides beautiful views as it meanders through parks and  gardens. You would hardly know you were in a city, except that the path is so well used by walkers, runners and cyclists.

The second completed stage runs from south-eastern edge of Cambridge to the large public domain on Lake Karapiro, the home of s multitude of rowing regattas.


Stage 1 Ngaruawahia to Horotiu Bridge

8km, 1 hour

This stage was due for  completion 2016

Stage 2 Hamilton

15km, 1-2 hours

For convenience the best place to park and start your ride is Roose Commerce Park, Off Grantham street, Central Hamilton. There are many other access points,However from anywhere in Hamilton, you can make your way to the southwestern side of the Waikato River and you will find the trail. It is mainly a paved stone path and is wide and easy. Head either way for several kilometers and then return to starting point.

In mid 2015, the north-bound trail endedat the old Horoitu bridge, 15km from Hamilton CBD, will be closer by now??

The south-bound trail ended just south of the City’s Cobham Drive Bridge at Peacocks Road , 2.8kms from Roose Commerce Park??

Stage 3 Hamilton to Cambridge

25km, 2 hours

This stage is still to be completed??. From the Southern Edge of Hamilton, it follows the river down to, and through Cambridge

Stage 4 Cambridge to Lake Karapiro

8kmin 2015, 1-2hours ( will extend around the lake in future)

This stage starts from the corner of Raleigh and Carlyle streets by the Leamington Clubrooms. To get there from the centre of Cambridge, head south on Victoria St, across the bridge,left along Cook St,right up Shakespeare st, Left at Raleigh St, which ends opposite the clubrooms (2.7kms from the centre of town).

From Carlyle Street, a gentle, 3-metre-wide concrete path leads to Lake Karapiro Domain, 5.5km away. Absolutely anyone can give this cycle pat h a go.It’s as easy as, well, riding a bike, and the Lake Karapiro Domain is a great destination, especially if you like rowing, lakes or picnic.

From the Domain, a 2.5km section heads east to the start of the famous Karapiro Rowing Centre. It features an amazing lakeside boardwalk.

there is a 3km extension of the trail from Cambridge CBD to the Avantidrome, the “NZ Home of Cycling”-Fantastic!

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