Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions? Check out our FAQ below, and if you still have other queries, please get in touch with us!
Is Te Awa for walkers and runners as well as cyclists?

Absolutely! And scooters and mobility scooters, and prams and roller skates.

Is it complete?

Sure is! Hamilton City Council are also finishing an extra detour over the amazing new pedestrian bridge at Cobham Drive due to open later this year – but the direct 65km route of Te Awa is now finished!

What level of fitness/skill do I require?

The 65km is Grade 1-2.

The surface throughout the entire trail is concrete, pavers or boardwalk and 3m wide, so it is suitable for most riders including beginners, occasional cyclists and families with limited cycling experience.

There are some sections that are hillier than others and some short, steep little hills, but no really long ones (and hey, there is no shame in hopping off and pushing now and then!)

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing, say it again!

Are dogs allowed?

Absolutely – we love all users on Te Awa. They just have to be kept on a lead 😊

There are loads of great swimming areas for dogs along different sections too!

  • The Point – Ngaruawahia
  • Horotiu “Beach” (Hamilton to Ngaruawahia Section)
  • Waterfall Picnic Area (Hooker Rd – Velodrome Section)
  • St Pete’s Picnic Area (Hooker Rd – Velodrome Section)
What sort of bike do I need?

Any bike!

Again, because our entire surface is sealed it’s really accessible for runner bikes to e-bikes, racing bikes to mountain bikes and trikes – they’re all appropriate!

Which direction should I ride Te Awa?

Either – there is no set preferred direction.

I am bike packing – how can I get my luggage (or vehicle) from one place to the next?

Best to contact Riverside Adventures – [email protected] or River Riders – [email protected] who can sort you out with all transfer requirements.

I want to be dropped off somewhere and ride back to my car – how can I do this?

See above!

Are there toilets along Te Awa? What about access to water?

As Te Awa winds its way in and out of towns, you’re never too far from water or a loo. These are shown on our downloadable map on our website here.

Are horses allowed on Te Awa?


Is it possible to use Te Awa after dark?

If you’ve got a good set of lights! There is no street lighting on Te Awa, so you’ll need your own headlights.

Am I allowed to take a motorbike or moped on Te Awa? What about e-bikes? And e-scooters?

No to motorbikes and mopeds but e-bikes and e-scooters are allowed – just make sure you warn others when you’re passing them.

Share with care everyone!  

Is Te Awa family friendly?

Definitely! It is the perfect trail for all family members!

Where can I rent a bike?

Riverside Adventures –

River Riders –

What happens if I have an accident?

Obviously if it’s an emergency dial 111 and most of Te Awa is accessible for emergency vehicles.

The trickiest section for access is the 6.5km Hooker Rd to Velodrome section. Along here we have gate numbers from 1-15 to help you identify to emergency vehicles where you are. Emergency services have access along this section and if you quote the gate number you are closest to, they’ll find you!

Is there mobile phone coverage the full length of Te Awa?