Karakariki Track

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end of Karakariki Valley Road, Whatawhata
Once set aside as a water conservation reserve, the Karakariki Scenic Reserve now provides a popular short Waikato Walk.

The Karakariki Reserve was once filled with kauri trees that were milled in the early 1900’s. The remaining forest and small stream provide a peaceful Waikato walk, just outside of Hamilton City.

A 20 minute walk will bring visitors to a small waterfall, where fossils can be found in the rocks and water, while a further 45 minute walk reaches the fenceline and end of the trail.

The waterfall site provides a great spot for a family picnic and paddle in the steam during the hotter months.

Directions: At the start of the track, after the first suspension bridge, head to the left and follow the steam through a small bush remnant and open grassy areas. The waterfall is located after the second bridge.

Grade: This track is an advanced tramping track in places
Track Conditions: Can be muddy during winter months. This trail also crosses private farmland so visitors as asked to not disturb stock.

Please note: Dogs are not permitted along the Karakariki Track.

Proximity to Town:
The Karakariki track is located at the end of Karakariki Valley Road; Turn left off SH23 between Hamilton & Raglan onto Karakariki Road, then left onto Karakariki Valley Road.
Activity Duration:
20 minutes one way to waterfall 45 minutes beyond waterfall to fenceline

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