Cycle the Mighty Waikato Te Awa

Experience culture, history, heritage, food, coffee and more while cycling alongside NZ’s longest river from Ngāruawāhia in the North to Lake Karapiro in the South.

‘Nau mai haere mai ki Waikato’

(Welcome to the home of River Riders online.)

Here you will find everything you need to explore every bend of the river by bike. River Riders has 3 conveniently located pick up & drop off depots along the 65km Te Awa cycle way. Custom book a casual hire from the locations below or take advantage of our ready made Te Awa Experiences. If you’re ready to book now, simply click on the Bike Hire Booking button above.

River Riders on Te Awa ‘The Great NZ River Ride’

"Best service recovery experience. We booked 2 stepper bikes online and when we arrived, they were out of service. We were so disappointed as we wanted to try them out, but instead we were offered 2 x very nice e-bikes, valued at much more than we booked the stepper bikes for. The bikes were excellent quality, well maintained, and made our Te Awa River Ride a wonderful experience. They even let us drop the bikes off at the city shop, as it was closer to our hotel. Kia ora for making our short stay in Hamilton one to remember."

- Lisa R

"Dee was really helpful and sorted out everything smoothly (hired from Hamilton Gardens). 😊 The E-bike was great and you must take it if you are not a professional rider."

- Ashwyn Singh

"Loved it! We started this amazing adventure at Hamilton Gardens and cycling towards Ngaruawahia. The trail was a blast, offering beautiful river views with a nice mix of ups, downs, turns, and smooth stretches that kept the journey both interesting and relaxed. Dee and were super friendly and accommodating! I can't stress enough how much I recommend this experience."

- Tenaya Robertson-Russell

"Family friendly service - the river riders team were incredibly helpful, delivering a bike to me, making sure it was the right size and lots of helpful advice as we had a amazing experience cycling the Te Awa trail. Excellent service also from electrify in Hamilton who swapped a fully charged battery for me."

- Megan Henderson