Walking & Hiking Trails

Top 10 Waikato Walking Trails

From easy strolls through picturesque surrounds, to challenging stair climbs with rewarding mountaintop views and stunning waterfall finds, there are plenty of great Waikato walks to enjoy.

Check out the Top 10 Waikato Walking Trails, as voted by our Facebook community:

1. Hakarimata Summit Track

Venture up to the Hakarimata Summit, 374 metres above sea level, on the Hakarimata Summit Track, which includes the infamous staircase, a popular challenge with both locals and visitors alike.
Location: Brownlee Avenue, Ngaruawahia
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2. Wairere Falls, Matamata

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Matamata, the Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the North Island and a popular walking track in the Waikato.
Location: Goodwin Road, off Old Te Aroha Road, Te Aroha
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3. Kauri Loop Track, Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

View native Kauri trees up close on the Hakarimata Kauri Loop Track. Marvel at these strong, ancient giants of the forest and stroll through a grove of young Kauri, as well as Rimu and Nikau on this picturesque bush walk.
Location: Parker Road, off Hakarimata Road, Ngaruawahia
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4. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Te Awamutu

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve) is the largest ecological ‘island’ on mainland New Zealand. 
Location: Tari Road, Pukeatua
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5. Mt Te Aroha, Te Aroha

From the summit there are 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Taranaki are all visible on a clear day.
Location: Te Aroha Domain, Te Aroha
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6. Taitua Arboretum, Hamilton

Featuring lakes, woodland gardens, birdlife and ample picnic spots, all linked by a network of walking tracks, the Taitua Arboretum is perfect for a leisurely weekend stroll, family picnic or more active outing.
Location: Taitua Road, Hamilton
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Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves, NZ

7. Ruakuri Reserve Walk, Waitomo

Based in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, a place of strong cultural significance to Maori, the walk includes limestone outcrops, native forest and small caves to be explored.
Location: 4km from Waitomo Village on Tumutumu Road
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Pirongia Bush Walk, Mt Pirongia, Waikato, NZ

8. Mt Pirongia Mangakara Nature Walk, Pirongia

Perfect for children, the easy track meanders through ancient forest past large rimu, kahikatea, tawa, pukatea and kohekohe trees and crosses over the Mangakara stream before looping back around.
Location: Grey Road, Pirongia Forest Park, Pirongia
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9. Hamilton Lake, Hamilton

An easy trail situated in the heart of Hamilton City, the Hamilton Lake Domain Walkway is popular with both runners and walkers alike.
Location: Ruakiwi Road and Lake Cresent, Hamilton City
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10. Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan

Bridal Veil Falls walk is an easy 10-minute walk through native bush to two viewing platforms at the top, both providing stunning vistas and ample photo opportunities of the plunging white falls flanked by grey rock and green bush.
Location: State Highway 23, between Te Uku and Raglan
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