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Waikato River Trails - Atiamuri to Whakamaru , Waikato

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Waikato River Trails - Atiamuri to Whakamaru Beginner

Submitted by Linda Downes

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest


3:15 (Slow)
2:25 (Moderate)
1.45 (Fast)



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This run can be done either way as a point to point or an out an back, you can turn around at any time and head back to your car. But you need to do the whole thing as described to claim your Wild Explorer Points!

Starting from Atiamuri the trail is really easy, minimal hill (mostly flat) well maintaned and mostly gravel track, flowing downstream with the Waikato river, you will run through beautiful parts with old pines hanging over the river bank for the first 7km. You will then make your way past some farmland and a few boardwalks through wetland area until you reach the Dunhams reserve carpark/campground (which is also a great place to park your car and head out for a run.)

From Dunhams Reserve you will continue on well maintained, easy trail with the hills becoming more undulating. There is an option to go up some stairs, highly recommended as the view is lovley. Keep following the trail until you reach Whakamaru dam.

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Features of interest

Following Waikato River Views of Mount Pohaturoa

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 99%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    The car park is about 50 metres away from the trail start point, you head down Ongaroto road and over the small bridge and you will see the sign of the trail start on your left.

    Lots of parking for more than 30 cars. Safe area as it is just off State Highway 1 as you pull onto Ongaroto road it is on the right hand side.

    26 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Lots of signs along the way. Follow the blue markers with River trail symbol


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

    No drinking water

    Busy trail in summer months

    Lots of mountain bikers, mostly on weekends

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