Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Little Waipa to Arapuni

Putaruru, Waikato

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Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 13 ?

Gnarl Factor: 13 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.2%


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This is a out and back along the Waikato River Trail (with a small loop at the Arapunui end ). From Little Waipa head south, following that path for 5km. Here you will meet Powerhouse Road, turn left and head up the road (200m), take the trail on the right and follow this until you reach a concrete path running perpendicular to the river. Head down here and across the swing bridge. Exit the bridge and turn right down the road, across the road bridge and up the hill. On the left you will find the trail again. Head back north to Little Waipa (5km).

The Arapunui swing bridge build in 1926, and dam.

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There is heaps of parking and toilets.

16 km

16 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Pack sufficient water.


Watch out for bikers and fisher men

11 Empire St, Cambridge
Good coffee and bunch.

Rhubarb Cafe
6 Arapuni Rd, Arapuni 3415
The Rhubarb cafe is located in Arapuni, if your need to refuel mid way this is your spot.

70 Alpha Street Cambridge
Great for a delicious dinner and amazing cheesecake!

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Trail Reviews

Lovely runnable trail, great for training on, very little risk of tripping up! Some gorgeous things to see also the way, a well used track with a constant flow of people.

Lauren Mai Anderson

September 19, 2021

Lovely run. Went early morning. As mentioned before there were a few cyclists.

Karen Koch

March 14, 2021

Really enjoyed the run. So pretty with the Waikato right there. Being spring there were a few ducklings and goslings which were cute! The run itself is pretty “easy” as far as trails go. Nice wide tracks, no roots or things to watch out for. A couple of small hills. Often Beautiful fields on one side and stunning river on other. I went on a day when it was pouring with rain and the trail was still clear except for a couple of small puddles, but because of this no one else around. Long drops for toilets at the start. Nice and clean. Well worth a visit!

Trina McClune

November 2, 2020

Love this trail starting at Arapuni to Little Waipa reserve and return followed by a stop at the Rhubarb Cafe (not to be missed)

Karen Russell

October 12, 2020

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