Riverside Adventures Waikato

Opening Hours
Hours: Summer (October to March) Everyday 10am – 5pm Winter (April to September) Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm (bookings recommended)
396 Horahora Road, Piarere



Discover the Waikato River at your own pace with Riverside Adventures Waikato (previously Lake District Adventures). We are situated only minutes from Tirau yet in a world of it’s own, our spot along the Waikato River is surrounded by lush bush and overlooked by the magnificent Maungatautari. At Riverside Adventures we want you to savour the beauty of our picturesque backyard. Our guided tours are designed to take you on a physical and spiritual journey as you explore the Waikato with us.





Kayak Tours: Daytime Canyon Kayak Tour

A relaxing family adventure where you paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream, through the spectacular canyon that has been carved out by water over hundreds of years, and over the submerged Horahora village.

  • Duration, 3 hours
  • Age, 5 years+
  • Tour Price, $99pp
  • Activity Grade, Easy



Twilight Glow worm Kayak

Starting late afternoon or early evening, enjoy spectacular sights you can only experience by kayak .Paddle slowly through the Pokaiwhenua canyon and, when darkness falls,be guided by titiwai, New Zealand glow worms on either side.

  • Duration, 4 hours
  • Age, 8 years+
  • Tour Price,  from $125pp
  • Activity Grade, Easy




Bike Tours: Whether you’re looking for a day tour or a multi-day adventure, experience the popular Waikato River Trails, laid-back Hauraki Rail Trail or the remarkable Timber Trail with Riverside Adventures.

  • Half-day Bike Tour – Karapiro Section
    • $99pp (own bike)$129pp (bike hire)
    • Guided
    • 3 hours
  • 3-Day Bike Tour – Waikato River Trails
    • Atiamuri – Mangakino – Waipapa – Arapuni
    • Duration, 3days
    • Ages, 8years+
    • Price, from $899pp
    • Activity Grade, Intermediate & Advanced (Grades 3 & 4)
    • Self guided
    • Bike hire, shuttle transfers, accommodation and meals included


  • Get from A to B along the Waikato River Trails, Hauraki Rail Trail or Timber Trail with our shuttle service
    • Bookings essential

Gear Rental & Equipment Hire

  • Bike Hire
    • ½ day $39
    • Full day $59
  • e-bike Hire
    • Ages 12years+                                         
    • 2 hours $50
    • ½ day $70
    • Full day (8 hours) $90
  • Kayak Hire
    • Up to 3 hours, from $39
    • Full day, from $59
    • Back rest $10 each
  • SUP Hire
    • 1 hour $25
    • 2 hours $40
    • ½ day $50
    • Full day $80
  • Bike & Kayak Hire Combo
    • Full day $80
    • Includes shuttle transfer from our base to the Arapuni Dam
    • All items listed in Bike Hire & Kayak Hire descriptions above