Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

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2 Brownlee Avenue, Ngāruawāhia
Months of operation
All Year
The native forest and birdlife of the Hakarimata Range provides the perfect setting for a day out in one of the Waikato region’s most beautiful landscapes.

Located in the town Ngaruawahia, the ranges include 1,850 hectares of native forest protected in Hakarimata Scenic Reserve. A walk in the reserve will reward you with babbling streams, picturesque waterfalls and impressive views over the surrounding countryside.

Hakarimata Waterworks Track & Summit Track

If you’re looking for a short walk, try the Waterworks Track, in the middle section of the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve. The streamside walk passes through attractive bush on the way to an old dam – perfect for family picnics.

Once you’re done, you can return back down the track or venture up to the 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.

Track entrance: Off Brownlee Avenue, off the Ngaruawahia end of Hakarimata Road.
Waterworks Track Time: 1 hour return
Summit Track Time: 3 hours return

Hakarimata Walkway

The 12km-long Hakarimata Walkway offers a full day walk through native bush including towering kauri and totara trees. The Waikato River and the nearby settlements of Ngaruawahia and Hamilton city can be seen from elevated points along the track.

Track entrance: There are three access points to the reserve - off Waingaro Road to the south, from Brownlee Avenue and from Parker Road in the north.
Time: 7 hours 30 minutes one way

Hakarimata Rail Trail

At the southern end of the reserve is the Hakarimata Rail Trail – a shared walking and cycling trail that follows the route of the former Ngaruawahia to Glen Massey Railway. The trail passes by a picnic area with toilet facilities and the track is suitable for buggies, assisted wheelchairs and bicycles.

Track entrance: Along the Waingaro Rd, 2 km from the Waingaro Bridge in Ngaruawahia
Time: 30 minutes

Hakarimata Kauri Loop Track

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.

The long flight of stairs at the beginning can be a challenge to get up but are worth it for the stunning views from the lower lookout looking north to Huntly and beyond. Continue on past an old pa site, through native bush, before reaching the base of a large Kauri Tree. The track then passes through a grove of young Kauri for a view of a bush-clad valley. You can then return the way you came or traverse the track through large Rimu to the top viewpoint for an unmatched view to the north and west.

Track entrance: Parker Road, off Hakarimata Road
Time: 40 minutes one way to Kauri grove, two hours return full loop

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.

Proximity to Town:
20 minutes drive from Hamilton
Activity Duration:
Various tracks are available, ranging from 30 minutes to 7 hours one way

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