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Te Miro Mountain Bike Park

Elite cross-country athlete and Commonwealth games silver medallist Sam Gaze rides a native trail in Te Miro Mountain Bike Park, Te Miro, Waikato. Photo: Derek Morrison

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park is a growing network of trails off Waterworks Road, less than half an hour's drive from Cambridge. The 27km of trails are very popular with local mountain bike enthusiasts and one of Hamilton-Waikato's best-kept secrets.

The park offers a variety of Grade 2-4 singletrack that loops through a variety of terrain and obstacles. Some of the trails are in lush stands of native bush – a beautiful environment to ride amongst. Cross-country Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Sam Gaze, of Cambridge, makes this his home training ground, before he heads overseas each year.

The trails are really fun with enough variety to keep my training interesting. I love the native sections – especially when the roots are slippery ... it makes it a bit more of a challenge. Best of all these trails are so close to Cambridge and Hamilton – you can hit them for a few hours with ease.

Sam Gaze, cross-country Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Share

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park offers trails for everyone from beginner riders and families to those looking for something a little more technical. You can choose to ride for an hour, or set-up camp at the shelters overlooking the reservoir and make a whole day of it. The beginner trails are wide with sweeping berms and corners. The lakeside trails encompass relaxing surrounds with stands of exotic forest and lots of native flora and fauna.

Competent riders will want to seek out a range of downhill chutes, jumps and technical sections that are guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping.  

Elite cross-country athlete and Commonwealth games silver medallist Sam Gaze takes a break in a BBQ shelter at Te Miro Mountain Bike Park, Te Miro, Waikato. Photo: Derek Morrison

Sam Gaze takes a break in the shelter alongside the Waterworks Dam at Te Miro MTB Park. Photo: Derek Morrison

Insider Tips

  • These trails are a great place to practice your air-time and jumping. Start with the small rollers and then build up to the bigger jumps if you are feeling confident.
  • The trails are well formed, with beautiful views over the reservoir, so take your time and a camera.
  • The challenging trails are well-marked, so take notice of the signposts and start with one of the lower grade trails to warm up. An up to date trail map is directly across from the main carpark.

Getting There 

Te Miro Mountain Bike Park is best accessed from Hamilton. Hamilton is a one-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland Airport (112km). The trails begin 40km from Hamilton City – allow 40 minutes to drive to the park, or just 25 minutes' drive from Cambridge, the trailhead starts just off Waterworks Road which continues on from the 320, Te Miro Road. Morrinsville and Matamata are just 15 minutes from Te Miro Mountain Bike Park.

Tell Me More

There are parts of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail in this region, for information on the trails we recommend visiting NZCycleTrail.

Want to explore more of this region? Visit the Hamilton-Waikato Tourism website and explore all that the region has to offer.

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