Waikato Walking & Hiking trails

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We’ve been out walking all over the Waikato and documented our hiking journeys.

All the walks and hikes we’ve done are free for everyone to enjoy, no need to pay anything to walk them. This page is full of walks suitable for everyone from short walks to big hikes, the
Waikato in New Zealand has it all. We’ve taken stunning photos, and documented everything you need to know about each walk. Choose the area you’re interested in walking and click on one of the boxes below. 

Free Cooks Beach Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Cooks Beach walks and hiking

Find out why Cooks Beach is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Cooks Beach area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Cooks Beach has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Hahei Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Hahei walks and hiking

Find out why Hahei is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Hahei area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Hahei has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Matamata Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Matamata walks and hikes

Find out why Matamata is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Matamata area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Matamata has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Paeroa Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Paeroa walks and hiking

Find out why Paeroa is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Paeroa area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Paeroa has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Putaruru Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand

Putaruru walks and hiking

Find out why Putaruru is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Putaruru area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Putaruru has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Bridal Falls Raglan

Raglan walks and hiking

Find out why Raglan is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Raglan area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Raglan has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Taupo Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand - Huka Falls Walk - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Taupo walks and hiking

Find out why Taupo is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Taupo area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Taupo has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Hikes and walks in Thames, North Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz - View on the Water Race walk

Thames walks and hikes

Find out why Thames is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Thames area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Thames has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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Free Turangi Walking & Hiking Guide - Waikato Region - New Zealand - Lake Rotopounamu - Copyright Freewalks.nz

Turangi walks and hikes

Find out why Turangi is one of the best places to walk & explore. Discover our favourite short walks or full day hiking tracks around the Turangi area. Located in the stunning North Island of New Zealand, Turangi has plenty of great walking and hiking.

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We’ve found the best prices for your hiking or walking trip in New Zealand. Great deals on things like accommodation, transport and tours.

Lowest Price Guarantee on Campervan Hire from Queenstown Airport – Compare Prices of 15 Motorhome Companies

Jucy Rentals are definitely the cheapest with a really big range of camper-vans. If you’re looking for a van you can stand up in or with a bit more room then try MightyBritz and Maui are very popular, they cater for small and really big campers.

Find accommodation near your hike

I always use Booking.com instead of Airbnb for all my accommodation now. It works out cheaper, they don’t have those extra “Service Fees” or extra “cleaning fees”. Looks cheap until you get to pay. Plus Booking.com have a lot of holiday homes now, pretty much the same selection as Airbnb. You won’t miss out on the range.