Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

Hamilton City - AFFECTED

Northern Start
Pukete Rd, Hamilton
Southern End
Taitua Arboretum, Taitua Rd
Distance
18km
Time
5hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - some walkways are shared with bicycles. Take care crossing roads.
Description
(North to South)

Follow the Te Awa (a combined walk-cycle way) south through Braithwaite Park along the (true left) banks of the Waikato River to just south of (having passed under) the Claudelands Rd (and railway) Bridge. From here, you will traverse the city as follows:

Leave the walkway and take the Centennial Steps up onto Alma Street. Head out past the Novotel Tainui and turn left/SE into Victoria St. Almost immediately, turn right (SW) into Garden Place (an open-space mall). At the Captain Hamilton bronze statue turn right and walk through Centreplace shopping centre to Ward St (or if after hours continue through Garden Place past the Hamilton City Council building to the Ward St/Anglesea St intersection). Follow Ward St southwest to the intersection of Ward and Tristram Streets.

Here, walk W through Norris Ward Park and at the far side of the park (Seddon Rd) follow signs onto the Western Rail Trail which runs adjacent to the railway line, past the Hamilton Railway Station to Killarney Rd. Walk W along Killarney Road and through the Dinsdale Roundabout to Whatawhata Rd on the SW side.

Follow Whatawhata Rd until turning left (S) into Melva St. At the end of this street, is Tills Lookout. 

Continue south-westward across farmland on a paved city walk-cycleway, turn left (SW) into Wallace Rd, turn right (NW) into Taitua Road and walk down the road to the Taitua Arboretum.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Hamilton's Taitua Arboretum 
Is a collection of mature trees on 20 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens linked by a network of walking tracks and bridges. The park also features great views and wonderful bird life. Open 7 days from 8am to half an hour before dusk. Admission free.

Hamilton

General / Visitor information
I-SITE Visitor Information Centre - 5 Garden Place, Hamilton - P: 07 839 3580 
DOC Waikato Area Office - 5 Northway St, Te Rapa - P: 07 838 3363 
 
Getting there/away
Hamilton Transport Centre - National/regional bus services, shuttle services and taxis - Cnr Bryce & Anglesea Sts - P: 07 839  6650 - Facilities include - Café, toilets, showers, bike & luggage lockers, telephones & parking.
InterCity - Major North Island routes - E: info@intercity.co.nz - P: 09 583 5780 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
BusIt (Huntly & Hamilton) - P: 0800 800 401 
Dalroy express (Hamilton - Auckland, New Plymouth & Hawera) P: 0508 465 622 
Daily Overlander Rail Service between Auckland & Wellington 
Hamilton International Airport - 15 kms south of the city - AIR NZ - P: 0800 737 000 
Super Shuttles - P: 0800 748 885 or 09 522 5100 - E: reservations@supershuttle.co.nz - Airport shuttles 
Minibus Express - P: 0800 64 64 28 or 021 685 099 - E: info@minibus.co.nz
 
Local transport
Free Hamilton City Centre buses - leave every 10 minutes Monday - Friday: 7am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm Sat-Sun
BusIt - P: 0800 800 401
Hamilton Taxis - P: 0800 477 477
Dial A Cab - P: 0800 342 522
 
Accommodation
The Smith family (including a Te Araroa walker!) are trail angels offering campsite accommodation in North Hamilton, near the trail. Contact 0273233787.
 

The Stokes family are very keen to offer accommodation just west of Hamilton - they are located at 10c Bell Rd, RD5, Whatawhata they have a 1 1/4 acre energy efficient home and welcome trampers to stay on their lawn ( they even have a hot tub for weary bodies)  please text Paul on 022 4006 123  

 in Hamilton


There are many options available at a variety of levels, including the below:
Microtel Backpackers - 140 Ulster St, Hamilton - P: 07 9571848 - E: info@microtel.co.nz
Backpackers Central - 846 Victoria St, Hamilton - P: 07 839 1928
Eagles Nest backpackers - 937 Victoria St, Hamilton - P: 07 838 2704
YWCA Hostel - Cnr Clarence & Pembroke Sts, Hamilton - P: 07 838 2219 - E: hostel@ywcahamilton.org.nz 
Forty winks Backpackers Hostel - 267 River Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton - P: 07 855 2033 
J's Backpackers - 8 Grey St, Hamilton - P: 07 856 8934
 
Murray Pinkerton is section-walking Te Araroa and happy to accommodate walkers by cabin or campsite at his house on the W outskirts of Hamilton for a small fee, just past Dinsdale. Contact him on 0274 952848 or Murray.kathryn.pink@gmail.com 
 
Detour to campsite
Hamilton City Holiday Park - Camping, cabins & self contained units - 14 Ruakura Rd, Hamilton - P: 07 855 8255 - E: hchp@xtra.co.nz 
 

Resupply
PakN'Save Supermarket - Clarence St, Hamilton - P: 07 839 4056
Countdown Supermarket - Cnr Anglesea & Liverpool Sts, Hamilton - P: 07 834 1490 

Requirements
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Roadside parking only
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities can be found in nearby Hamilton CBD.
  • Toilets at various points along official walkways & at public parks.
  • Accommodation YHA Hamilton
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
Closest Town(s)
Hamilton City
Managed by
Hamilton City Council
Northern Start
Pukete Rd, Hamilton
Southern End
Taitua Arboretum, Taitua Rd
Distance
18km
Time
5hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Follow the Te Awa (a combined walk-cycle way) south through Braithwaite Park along the (true left) banks of the Waikato River to just south of (having passed under) the Claudelands Rd (and railway) Bridge. From here, you will traverse the city as follows:

Leave the walkway and take the Centennial Steps up onto Alma Street. Head out past the Novotel Tainui and turn left/SE into Victoria St. Almost immediately, turn right (SW) into Garden Place (an open-space mall). At the Captain Hamilton bronze statue turn right and walk through Centreplace shopping centre to Ward St (or if after hours continue through Garden Place past the Hamilton City Council building to the Ward St/Anglesea St intersection). Follow Ward St southwest to the intersection of Ward and Tristram Streets.

Here, walk W through Norris Ward Park and at the far side of the park (Seddon Rd) follow signs onto the Western Rail Trail which runs adjacent to the railway line, past the Hamilton Railway Station to Killarney Rd. Walk W along Killarney Road and through the Dinsdale Roundabout to Whatawhata Rd on the SW side.

Follow Whatawhata Rd until turning left (S) into Melva St. At the end of this street, is Tills Lookout. 

Continue south-westward across farmland on a paved city walk-cycleway, turn left (SW) into Wallace Rd, turn right (NW) into Taitua Road and walk down the road to the Taitua Arboretum.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - some walkways are shared with bicycles. Take care crossing roads.
Description
(North to South)

Follow the Te Awa (a combined walk-cycle way) south through Braithwaite Park along the (true left) banks of the Waikato River to just south of (having passed under) the Claudelands Rd (and railway) Bridge. From here, you will traverse the city as follows:

Leave the walkway and take the Centennial Steps up onto Alma Street. Head out past the Novotel Tainui and turn left/SE into Victoria St. Almost immediately, turn right (SW) into Garden Place (an open-space mall). At the Captain Hamilton bronze statue turn right and walk through Centreplace shopping centre to Ward St (or if after hours continue through Garden Place past the Hamilton City Council building to the Ward St/Anglesea St intersection). Follow Ward St southwest to the intersection of Ward and Tristram Streets.

Here, walk W through Norris Ward Park and at the far side of the park (Seddon Rd) follow signs onto the Western Rail Trail which runs adjacent to the railway line, past the Hamilton Railway Station to Killarney Rd. Walk W along Killarney Road and through the Dinsdale Roundabout to Whatawhata Rd on the SW side.

Follow Whatawhata Rd until turning left (S) into Melva St. At the end of this street, is Tills Lookout. 

Continue south-westward across farmland on a paved city walk-cycleway, turn left (SW) into Wallace Rd, turn right (NW) into Taitua Road and walk down the road to the Taitua Arboretum.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Hamilton's Taitua Arboretum 
Is a collection of mature trees on 20 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens linked by a network of walking tracks and bridges. The park also features great views and wonderful bird life. Open 7 days from 8am to half an hour before dusk. Admission free.

Hamilton

General / Visitor information
I-SITE Visitor Information Centre - 5 Garden Place, Hamilton - P: 07 839 3580 
DOC Waikato Area Office - 5 Northway St, Te Rapa - P: 07 838 3363 
 
Getting there/away
Hamilton Transport Centre - National/regional bus services, shuttle services and taxis - Cnr Bryce & Anglesea Sts - P: 07 839  6650 - Facilities include - Café, toilets, showers, bike & luggage lockers, telephones & parking.
InterCity - Major North Island routes - E: info@intercity.co.nz - P: 09 583 5780 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
BusIt (Huntly & Hamilton) - P: 0800 800 401 
Dalroy express (Hamilton - Auckland, New Plymouth & Hawera) P: 0508 465 622 
Daily Overlander Rail Service between Auckland & Wellington 
Hamilton International Airport - 15 kms south of the city - AIR NZ - P: 0800 737 000 
Super Shuttles - P: 0800 748 885 or 09 522 5100 - E: reservations@supershuttle.co.nz - Airport shuttles 
Minibus Express - P: 0800 64 64 28 or 021 685 099 - E: info@minibus.co.nz
 
Local transport
Free Hamilton City Centre buses - leave every 10 minutes Monday - Friday: 7am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm Sat-Sun
BusIt - P: 0800 800 401
Hamilton Taxis - P: 0800 477 477
Dial A Cab - P: 0800 342 522
 
Accommodation
The Smith family (including a Te Araroa walker!) are trail angels offering campsite accommodation in North Hamilton, near the trail. Contact 0273233787.
 

The Stokes family are very keen to offer accommodation just west of Hamilton - they are located at 10c Bell Rd, RD5, Whatawhata they have a 1 1/4 acre energy efficient home and welcome trampers to stay on their lawn ( they even have a hot tub for weary bodies)  please text Paul on 022 4006 123  

 in Hamilton


There are many options available at a variety of levels, including the below:
Microtel Backpackers - 140 Ulster St, Hamilton - P: 07 9571848 - E: info@microtel.co.nz
Backpackers Central - 846 Victoria St, Hamilton - P: 07 839 1928
Eagles Nest backpackers - 937 Victoria St, Hamilton - P: 07 838 2704
YWCA Hostel - Cnr Clarence & Pembroke Sts, Hamilton - P: 07 838 2219 - E: hostel@ywcahamilton.org.nz 
Forty winks Backpackers Hostel - 267 River Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton - P: 07 855 2033 
J's Backpackers - 8 Grey St, Hamilton - P: 07 856 8934
 
Murray Pinkerton is section-walking Te Araroa and happy to accommodate walkers by cabin or campsite at his house on the W outskirts of Hamilton for a small fee, just past Dinsdale. Contact him on 0274 952848 or Murray.kathryn.pink@gmail.com 
 
Detour to campsite
Hamilton City Holiday Park - Camping, cabins & self contained units - 14 Ruakura Rd, Hamilton - P: 07 855 8255 - E: hchp@xtra.co.nz 
 

Resupply
PakN'Save Supermarket - Clarence St, Hamilton - P: 07 839 4056
Countdown Supermarket - Cnr Anglesea & Liverpool Sts, Hamilton - P: 07 834 1490 

Requirements
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Roadside parking only
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities can be found in nearby Hamilton CBD.
  • Toilets at various points along official walkways & at public parks.
  • Accommodation YHA Hamilton
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
Closest Town(s)
Hamilton City
Managed by
Hamilton City Council