Waikato River

Waikato River information

The strong-flowing Waikato River is well worth investigating. Bush-covered riverside walkways run along both sides of the river and provide the city’s green belt. Jogging paths continue to the boardwalk circling Lake Rotoroa, west of the centre. Memorial Park is closer to town, and has the remains of PS Rangiriri – an iron-clad, steam-powered gunboat from the Waikato War – embedded in the riverbank (under restoration when we visited).

See Activities for some more options for exploring the river.