Hiring bikes in the Waikato


Looking for bike hire Waikato? The Waikato may be known for its farmland but it’s quickly gaining a reputation as the cycling hub of New Zealand. Hire bikes and cycle around the Waikato from Bike Hike Stay and get exploring the region’s cycling trails on two wheels.

Home to the famous Avantidrome, a leading sports and leisure facility with a purpose built cycling velodrome, the Waikato region is making the most of New Zealand’s growing enthusiasm for this sport with the creation of world-class cycling trails.

Bike hire is available from Bike Hike Stay and is ideally suited to access Te Awa river rides, the Waikato River Trails and the Hauraki Rail Trail. With your bikes and helmets sorted, along with transportation to the trails, explore one of New Zealand’s most picturesque regions on two wheels. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike!

Hosts Greta and Tony have put together information on some of their favourite cycling trails, but you can also find out more about the ever-increasing range of routes for recreational cyclists here in New Zealand’s cycling heartland on the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website.

If you would like to bike or arrange a customised tour with us, please contact us to arrange your journey.

Bike hire Waikato available from $40 per bike


Bike Hike Stay can provide transportation for guests wishing to explore the region. A shuttle service and airport shuttle that seats up to 10 people are available for a small surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to arrange this service.

Pickering Road To Karapiro Dam Via Cambridge (Return)

This route follows the new cycle path from the Avantidrome, where the Gallagher Bike Skills Park caters for younger riders, to the Gaslight Theatre in Cambridge, joining the purpose-built cycleway along Maungatautari Road to the Karapiro Domain. Cambridge is a popular brunch, lunch and shopping spot so be sure to give yourself time to explore the town’s cafes, art galleries and eclectic mix of retail shops.

Grade: Easy Distance: 15kms one way Time: Approx 90mins each way


Hamilton Gardens To Horotiu Via Hamilton City (Return)

This route follows the Waikato River shared cycle/walkway from the award-winning Hamilton gardens to Horotiu. The trail will eventually extend through to Ngaruawahia, though at present this section is yet to be completed. The Hamilton Gardens are a must-see attraction, so be sure to allow time to explore these. Entry is free. The café overlooking Turtle Lake also offers yummy lunch and refreshment options.

Grade: Easy Distance: 19kms one way Time: Approx 90mins each way


Pokaiwhenua Bridge Carpark To Arapuni Village (Return)

This route runs beside the Horahora Road until Little Waipa Domain, at which point the track follows the Waikato River. Look out for others on the boardwalk section across the Huihuitaha Wetland. A highlight of the trail is the 1920s Arapuni swingbridge used by construction teams during the building of the Arapuni Dam. A refreshment stop at Rhubarb Café in Arapuni is also a must.

Grade: Easy to intermediate Distance: 11.5km one way Time: Approx 60mins each way


Whakamaru Dam To Atiamuri Dam (One Way)

This stretch of the Waikato River Trail rewards riders with magnificent views of Lake Whakamaru, native bush, farmland and the stunning Pohuturoa rock. One of the more challenging parts of the Trail, this pathway includes a few steep areas, but riders are none-the-less rewarded for their efforts. Make sure you have adequate water and energy-supplying snacks if you are planning a return ride, particularly in summer.

Grade: Intermediate Distance: 23.5km one way Time: Approx 2 hours each way