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This project is what NZ thinks of as heartland values - people working together to create a new community project.
Easily accessible from SH1, the Lake Karapiro section of the
Waikato River Trails
is proving popular with visitors looking for a one day cycling or tramping adventure. The Trail starts 4km from SH1 on Horahora Road.
From the Pokaiwhenua Carpark, the 4km of roadside Trail is a popular warm up for keen cyclists. The Trail then pops into Little Waipa Domain and meanders lakeside through to the Hydro village of Arapuni.
This section of Trail is an intermediate grade with a couple of short, steeper sections. The trail is wide and smooth, and provides a great day of fun for cyclists and walkers.
Please click here to view an interactive map of the Waikato River Trails for more information on where you can access the Karapiro Section.
Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark to Arapuni Village
11.5km - inlcuding a 4km roadside trail from Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark to Little Waipa Domain
- Via Horahora Road - 4.5km off SH 1 to Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark or Little Waipa Domain
- Via the Swingbridge Access in Arapuni Village
Please note that the height variance for this section
is between 51m and 127m.
Highlights of the Karapiro Section
Fantastic views up and down the lake
A 500m boardwalk through the Huihuitaha Wetland
Arapuni swing bridge
1929 Arapuni power station
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