Due to the recent heavy rainfall, a number of roads and walking/cycling tracks in the Waikato are closed. If you are travelling to or through the Waikato region, please visit Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website for up-to-date roading information and check the local Council’s Facebook page for the latest updates and advice.

Walking & Hiking Trails

Yarndley’s Bush

Home to one of the largest remaining Kahikatea, Yarndley’s Bush provides a great family friendly walk near Hamilton and Te Awamutu.

Yarndley's Bush, Te Awamutu, Waikato, NZ

The forest is nestled amongst the rolling farmland north of Te Awamutu, with an impressive 14 hectares of Kahikatea stands, some over 35 metres tall.

A hill leads down to the an easy boardwalk which meanders through the giant trees to a canopy tower which provides a bird’s eye view of the forest below and a perfect spot to stop for a picnic, before looping back around. 

Great for bird watching, the forest attracts the likes of fantails, grey warbler, tui, pigeons, finches and rosella, while the small stream running through the stand is home to native trout, eel and koura.

Lookout Tower, Yarndley's Bush, Te Awamutu, Waikato, NZ

Yarndley's Bush walkway details:

  • Location: Ngaroto Road, north of Te Awamutu
  • Length: 30 minute loop walk
  • Track Conditions: Mostly boardwalks with some gravel sections.
  • More Info: www.teawamutu.nz
  • Please Note: Many of the walking trails in the Waikato region do not allow dogs. Hamilton & Waikato Tourism recommend checking with the local council before taking your dog on any of the trails in the region.