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Little Waipa to Arapuni, Waikato

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Little Waipa to ArapuniBeginner

Submitted by Emma

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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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).

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Features of interest

The Arapunui swing bridge build in 1926, and dam.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 99%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    Little Waipa Reserve 873/875 Horahora Rd, Arapuni. If heading south this is on the right hand side 9km along Horahora road. It's a large park, with the track starting on the southern side next to the river.

    There is heaps of parking and toilets.

    16 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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

  • Post run indulgence

    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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