Walking & Hiking Trails

Maungakawa Scenic Reserve Cambridge

What was once a TB Sanatorium for returned servicemen, the Maungakawa scenic reserve boasts regenerating native forest with a scattering of exotic trees, plenty of native birdlife and the 30 minute loop walk.

Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, Cambridge, NZ

The Maungakawa Loop walk is set in the Maungakawa Scenic Reserve near Cambridge. This easy bush walk includes descriptive signage identifying native trees along the way and is perfect for young families.

The nearby Gudex Memorial Park is a fitting picnic spot, with wide open space, clear views of the Waikato and Hauraki Plains and stunning flowering cherries in the spring.

The reserve also boasts a rich heritage, with a magnificent Japanese walnut tree, camellia hedge, rhododendrons, bluebells and snowdrops all a legacy of the Thornton Garden. Old concrete footings and the shell of an old building are also visible remains of the TB sanatorium that gave the reserve the name Sanatorium Hill.

Maungakawa Scenic Reserve Loop walk details:

  • Location: 15 minutes from Cambridge, on Gudex Road, off Maungakawa Road
  • Length: 30 minutes / 1.2kms
  • More Info: www.doc.govt.nz
  • Please Note: Many of the walking trails in the Waikato region do not allow dogs. Hamilton & Waikato Tourism recommend checking with the Department of Conservation before taking your dog on any of the trails in the region.