Te Awa is for cyclists & pedestrians

Te Awa caters to people of all ages and abilities and was designed for both cyclists and pedestrians. The path is generally 3m wide, flat and made of concrete but does include a couple of very short but steep hills.

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    Stay on the path at all times

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    Please collect all your rubbish

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    Keep dogs on leashes at all times

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    Pedestrians always have the right of way


Without the access created by Te Awa, many of the initiatives aimed at cleaning the River would not be possible.

We have engaged with local schools under the “Trees for Survival” programme to initiate a number of planting days.

We have partnered with the Waikato River Care Trust on planting initiatives near Ngaruwahia.

The legal easements being secured over riparian land effectively returns private land to community ownership, thus enabling a range of River and Riverbank restoration projects to proceed uninhibited.


Te Awa is envisaged as a true community asset: easy, accessible, multi-purpose & free.

When Te Awa is complete, commuters in the Waikato surrounds especially those in close proximity to Cambridge and Hamilton will be able to cycle to work and to events, enabling exercise to be integrated into their daily lives and easing congestion and pollution.

Part of the Te Awa ride is to bring people to the River and educate them about the River through communication strategies. The ride will be the catalyst for educating the community about the degraded state of the River.


Estimates show nearly 150,000 will benefit from Te Awa each year

Significant positive economic benefits will result from the development of Te Awa.Beyond the employment being created during the construction phase, it will help to sell this region as a vibrant and important tourism destination, potentially bringing an increase of over $19m annually in tourism expenditure.

Local events are already benefiting from  Te Awa – with the TriMaori Festival and Perry Outdoor Education Camps making use of the trail. As Te Awa is completed, it is also anticipated that new tourism and commercial opportunities will develop as a result of the new facility including bike hire, accommodation, cafes, tours and events.

Culture & Heritage

Te Awa is interwoven with a rich cultural connection.

It is the aim of Te Awa to recognise and protect waahi tapu and sites of significance and to promote their cultural, spiritual and historic relationship with the Waikato River.

Cultural elements are being celebrated along the route; Te Awa is recognising and protecting waahi tapu and sites of significance to promote their cultural, spiritual and historic relationship with the Waikato River. We have worked closely with Waikato Tainui and its local iwi ngati haua and archeologists to identify and recognise important sites of significance which were previously undiscovered.


Average weekly users on the Ngaruawahia section
Average weekly users on the Avantidrome section
Plants have been planted along the trail as of July 2015
Kilometres of concrete path have been completed
People on average are using the trail each year