Guided tours Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm

Self-guided Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Guide booklet provided.

The guided tour starts from Hamilton gardens, takes 3 hours and involves numerous stops at points of history and interest with commentary by the guide. Total time spent cycling is about 1.5 hours. See the detailed agenda below.

Choose either a standard bike or an e-bike. E-bikes provide pedal assist and make it easy. All bikes have comfort seats and suspension. For infants (3 years old or less), you can hire a child seat to attach to the back of a bike. For young children (about 3-6 years old), you can hire a tag-along, which attaches to the back of a bike.

Start from Hamilton Gardens

Apart from short sections, the rides are on grade 1 trails away from roads. Grade 1 means pretty much flat and suitable for those who have not been on a bike for some time. The comfort bikes you ride are well suited to this great trail.

Enjoy not being in a car and visit more locations than you do by walking.

Guided tour Sat-Sun 10am-1pm $59 adult $179 family
Self-guided half-day Mon-Fri 9am-5pm $35 adult $119 family

Rental of bike includes helmet, lock, pump, spare inner tube and tyre levers.

Riders should bring a water bottle, rain gear and a small bag or backpack.

For guided tours, meet at 9:45 at the Hamilton Garden’s large car park by the river. Find us where indicated on the map below.

Cycle the Waikato River trails

For self-guided tours, go to 164 River Road. There is parking onsite. It is 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria St, the main street in central Hamilton.

See a 200-year old war waka hewed from an ancient tree
Do the time warp at the Riff Raff square
Pass through the new riverside gardens
Cross the bridge of the impressive 2009 motor-cycle stunt
Continue along the river trails
See the Potter garden and a life-size Spitfire replica
Travel along Hamilton’s main street for cafes
Visit an historic Maori pa

The programme

9:45 Gather at Hamilton gardens main cark park by the lake to get your bike and helmet.
10:00 Start the ride along the Waikato River trail. Stop at various points to hear the history.
10:30 Stop at the Waikato Museum to see a large old Maori Waka and hear the history.If you have a few spare minutes, pop your head into the art gallery next door.
11:00 Visit the Riff Raff statue and do the time warp if you wish (instruction given) of the cult Rocky Horror picture show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkplPbd2f60 Video taken and sent to you free of charge.
11:20 Continue the journey along the Waikato River trail from the new Victoria on the River gardens. See Maori pou carvings and hear the history.
11:40 Cross the Fairfield bridge, but not via the bridge hoops as done by a motor cycle stunt rider in 2009. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE9qbYju-lY
11:55 Stop at a significant historic Maori pa and hear the history.
12:10 Continue the ride along the Waikato River trail.
12:20 Stop at an aviary, an old gun boat andan old spitfire plane. Hear the history.
12:40 Continue the journey along the Waikato River trail.
13:00 Return to Hamilton Gardens. Total cycling time in the tour is about 1.5 hours. A short part of the journey is in the main street, but the many humps mean the traffic speed is very slow there. 90% of the ride is on trails away from traffic.