River paths

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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 the length of the city, from Cobham Bridge to Horotiu Bridge. 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, 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 popularity the paths are dual purpose, and pedestrians and cyclists are urged to "share with care". Cyclists are urged to travel at safe speeds, and either ring a bell or call out to pedestrians to signal their approach.

Enhancing the river path

In June 2020, funding was approved to enhance and repair the path between Waikato Museum (Ferrybank) and Hamilton Parade, on the western/central city side of the Waikato River.

Phase one of the project created 50 new jobs for people out of work due to COVID-19, clearing away vegetation, replanting areas, and repairing retaining walls and sections of the path with loose or missing cobbles.

The second phase of work, specialist slip repairs, began in late July to repair and reopen the path between Bryce Street and London Street after a slip compromised the stability of the path immediately below. 

This phase of work is nearing completion with slip repairs coming in under budget and the project will now include construction of a 20-metre-long retaining wall to widen a section of path between Bryce Street and London Street from 1.6 metres to 2.5 metres, making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.​

The closure has been extended by three weeks for the additional work and is now expected to open late November, weather permitting. While the closure is in place we recommend detours via Bryce Street, Victoria Street and Rostrevor Street. ​


​​​Because of the seasonal fluctuations of the Waikato River, path and vegetation maintenance and the environment being prone to erosion, we need to close sections 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 the 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 updates.​​

Page reviewed: 22 Oct 2020 2:19pm