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Level: Beginner
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +704/827 ft
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Waikato River Trails: 3 Waipapa

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#33 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#3672 in the world

The trail is wide and well formed with just a few steep pitches. It is never from from the shores of Lake Waipapa or Lake Maraetai. The scenery is stunning all the way and there are great views of Maraetai Dam. The lake at Mangakino is absolutely fantastic and it's great swimming.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
Normally you'll get to this section of the Waikato River Trails by riding south from the Arapuni section or, if you're riding north, from the Maraetai section.. Both ends can be accessed by car. From Mangakino take Waipapa Road to Waipapa dam to reach the north end or just go down to the lake front to reach the southern end.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's a really nice part of the Waikato River. The Waipapa dam is very impressive. Beautiful ride. Nice swim too.

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