Mountain Bike Tours

Waikato River Trail Tours

Come riding with us. We have a great knowledge of the trails, and our base is right on its doorstep. We can help you plan your day/s riding, from bike hire and shuttle to a guided ride with one of our amazing guides.

The Waikato river trail offers great views and spectacular flora and fauna only found in New Zealand. At over 100km long of Grade 2 and 3 riding there is something for everyone, we can help you decide what sections to ride or if you're up for it the whole thing or take one of our guided tours.

Guided Bike Tours on the Waikato River Trail: 

Meet at Lake District Adventures base on Horahora Road and hop on board their shuttle. You can use your own bike or try one of theirs. 

Option 1: The most popular trip is from Arapuni Dam (for beginners), 12kms or 

Option 2: From Jones Landing (for intermediate), 15kms. 

Let one of our guides let you know what's coming up and allow us to share local knowledge and history of the area. 

The trip is approximately a 3 hour return trip to LDA base. 
$99.00 with your own bike or $129 with bike hire.

Contact us for accommodation & other trail options for 2 - 12 people.

Central Stunner - 3 day cycle tour on the Waikato River Trail and Timber Trail

Join us on an epic 3 day adventure taking on two of NZ’s iconic cycle trails! Come and see what the central North Island has to offer, from the mighty Waikato River to ancient forests and thrilling suspension bridges – this package is well suited to those wanting to get off the beaten track. Suitable for intermediate riders, or for those with a moderate to high fitness level.

Day one - starts at Lake District Adventures’ base where we take a scenic drive to the southern end of the Waikato River Trail. Starting off at Atiamuri you’ll ride through to Whakamaru for a lunch break and then on to Mangakino. The trail hugs the river’s edge which affords some magnificent views, and you’ll cross a hydro-electric dam and a swing-bridge along the way.

You’ll be met by your driver next to the waterfront at Lake Maraetai and shuttled to the Timber Trail Lodge for a relaxing and comfortable evening including a hearty dinner. Website

Day two - time to hit the Timber Trail. A hearty breakfast will set you up for the 40km section from Pureora, and with a 15km gradual climb straight out of the blocks your fortitude will be tested! Wind your way through ancient native forest and across 2 incredible suspension bridges, reaching an altitude of 970m before descending across the Piropiro Flats and back to the Lodge for a game of cards or a drink by the fire.

Day three - dawns and the final stage of the Timber Trail awaits. Set off from the Lodge towards Ongarue, a mere 42km away! You’ll cross NZ’s longest and highest rideable suspension bridge, see remnants of logging history, and encounter the nationally significant Ongarue Spiral. Your driver will be waiting to return you to Lake District Adventures base – congratulations, you’ve knocked it over!

  • Inclusions:
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Timber Trail Lodge
  • 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
  • All shuttle transport and baggage transfers
  • Optional extras:
  • Bike hire
  • Ebike hire
  • Ensuite room upgrade
  • Additional accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Prices:
  • Guided – from $779pp
  • Self-Guided – from $605pp

Please contact us if you're considering a guided tour package and we can help you out.


We are very close to getting more tours up and running on some fantastic trails around the central North Island area. If you're keen for more than what's here currently - watch this space or get in contact with us now to find out whats coming up. 

Exciting adventures are coming!

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