About Us: Riverside Adventures

We provide authentic outdoor experiences on or along the spectacular Waikato River south of Lake Karāpiro.

Formerly known as Lake District Adventures, in late 2021, we underwent a name change to Riverside Adventures Waikato. Same tours, same team - new name & a new look!
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Our main base is only a 15 minute drive from Cambridge, 20 minute drive from Matamata or a 40 minute drive from Hamilton to explore this beautiful section of the Waikato with Riverside Adventures. 

Bike trails weave between the lakeside and surrounding lush bush, while, on the water, kayakers can explore the breathtaking canyon and experience the wonder of glow worms come nightfall. 
Our experienced and qualified guides are passionate locals who care to deliver an experience that’s rewarding, not daunting. 

We are here to help you make the most of your visit to this largely undiscovered region of Aotearoa New Zealand. We do this by paying meticulous attention to the needs of every individual joining us. 

Whether you choose to join one of our existing tour adventures or work with us to plan your own, we can cater to individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels.

We also have a range of bikes, e-bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available for hire, and offer shuttle services to and from nearby bike trails. 

We are:

Family owned and operated

Experienced and qualified

Open year round

Protecting Papatūānuku

In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land, a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things of the world and imparts many blessings to her children. 

Here at Riverside Adventures Waikato, we believe it's our responsibility to look after, sustain and improve the area we work, live and play in for future generations. Some of the steps we take to protect our precious environment include:

  • Recycling all cans, bottles, plastics and e-waste

  • Composting all green waste

  • Harnessing solar energy to power lights and are exploring how we can power our buildings using other renewable energy sources

  • Choosing organic and biodegradable cleaning products that are also septic-tank friendly

  • Cleaning up rubbish from the lake or trails while out on tours 

  • Planting native trees along waterways, and ensuring tracks and streams are free of debris

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua
Care for the land, care for the people, go forward.