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Hamilton's river paths are among the city's most popular parks, favoured by runners, walkers and cyclists.
The path network stretches north and south along the Waikato River, and in several locations links to other popular parks throughout the city.
Along the western (city) side of the river, the path runs from Cobham Bridge to Horotiu bridge – essentially the length of the city. On the eastern side of the river the path is not continuous, but provides great links to the city's bridges and other parks and recreational facilities on the eastern side of the city, 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 their increasing popularity, path users are urged to "share with care" - the paths are dual purpose, meaning they are available to both pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists are urged to travel at safe speeds along the paths, and either ring a bell or call out to pedestrians to signal their approach. We ask all path users to be cautious and respectful.
Because of the seasonal fluctuations of the Waikato River water levels, path and vegetation maintenance and the environment being prone to erosion, we do need to close sections of the paths from time to time. The low-lying Matakanohi Reserve, for example, is prone to flooding when the river levels are high, and will be closed if Council staff feel public safety is compromised.
If you're a regular river path user, and you'd like to be kept updated on any path closures, please click the Sign Up link at the top of the page to register for our notification system. You will receive a brief email explaining which part of the path network is closed, and for how long.