Waipapa Section

In the very middle of the Waikato River Trails is the Lake Waipapa Section. You can access this section from Waipapa Dam or the entrance road to Maraetai Dams.

This section is the most challenging grade of the Waikato River Trails at an advanced grade. The distance, however, makes this an achieveable ride or walk for most people. The remote nature of this section makes it very popular.

Click here to view the Waikato River Trails' interactive map for more information on where you can access the Waipapa Section.

Waipapa Section

Waipapa Dam to Mangakino Lakefront

Grade  Advanced
Length  19km - inlcudes a 3.5km road trail from Maraetai Dam Access Road to Mangakino Lakefront, Lake Road
Access  - Via Waipapa Dam off Waipapa Road
- Via Mangakino Lakefront, Lake Road.

Please note that the height variance for this section
is between 118m and 275m.

Highlights of the Waipapa Section

  • Waipapa Dam 
  • Trails through exotic forest, with soft pine needles as a surface
  • Fantastic native lakeside bush