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This scenic walking and biking track follows the banks of the Waikato River through the heart of Hamilton.


You’ll see great views of the river, and there are park benches and grassy areas along the track for those who want to sit and watch the boats, birds and people go by.


Towards the south of the river track you’ll find the Hamilton Gardens. These themed gardens are renowned internationally, especially for the Paradise Garden Collection – designed to showcase a history of gardens through time and a range of cultures. Explore the garden’s peaceful walks or enjoy the many picnic spots.


Hamilton's river paths are among the city's most popular paths with runners, walkers and bikers. These walks are wheelchair friendly, with many entry points, car parking, and conveniently located toilets.


Along the western (city) side of the river, the path runs the length of the city, from Cobham Bridge to Horotiu Bridge.


The path is not continuous on the eastern side of the river, but provides great links to the city's bridges and other parks and recreational facilities, including Hamilton Gardens, Memorial Park and Munro's Walkway.


Path users can criss-cross the river using the seven bridges – Cobham, Anzac, Claudelands, Boundary Road, Fairfield, Pukete traffic and Braithwaite foot bridge.


Due to the popularity of these paths, pedestrians and bikers are urged to share with care. Bikers should travel at safe speeds, and either ring a bell or call out to pedestrians to signal their approach.


Waikato River views

Bike stands

(near Waikato Hospital and Beerescourt Road)

Park benches

Wheelchair friendly

Pushbike and stroller friendly

Multiple entry points

Car parking


Suitable for

All levels of fitness levels

Bike and scooter friendly


Pushchair and stroller friendly

Shared path

Please share with care 


Wheelchair friendly

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