Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

Ngaruawahia to Hamilton - Te Awa (The River) - OPEN

Northern Start
Waingaro Rd Bridge, Ngaruawahia
Southern End
Pukete Rd, Hamilton
Distance
12km
Time
3hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track stay as far off SH1 as possible
  • Be aware of cyclists on cycleway into Hamilton from Horotiu
Description
(North to South)

Potential hazards: Cyclists

Immediately after crossing the Waipa River, take a sharp left into Sampson St and follow it around, joining Broadway St, then onto the Lower Waikato Esplanade.

Follow this under the railway line and road bridge and immediately after the road bridge join the paved path - you're now on the Te Awa cycle/walkway - through the riverside reserve. Across the river is the Turangawaewae Marae, a very significant marae of the Maori people of New Zealand and the official residence and reception centre of the head of the Kingitanga (the Maori King Movement). 

Te Awa continues along the river, continuing south as you leave Ngaruawahia. You'll see the Ngaruawahia Golf Course to your right and shortly after a spectacular green bridge will appear. Cross the bridge and you'll be on the true right of the river now.

The path will take you to Horotiu Bridge Rd, where you'll cross back over the Waikato River, and back down onto the Te Awa path along the river, with a small deviation away from the river just past the Fonterra dairy plant.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Background Information
Just north of Hamilton, Ngaruawahia is a significant place for Maori.

It is the home of the Maori King and the magnificent Turangawaewae Marae. The marae is open only once a year, during the annual regatta, which is held on the nearest Saturday to the 17th March. Ngaruawahia is located at the junction of two great rivers - Waikato and Waipa. These rivers were once important canoe routes; later they served European settlers. Taupiri Mountain, which watches over Ngaruawahia, is sacred and contains the Waikato’s most significant Maori burial ground. You can walk to the summit for views of the region. 
 

Ngaruawahia Township

Getting there/away
InterCity - Major North Island routes - PH 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz  
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
BusIt - (Huntly & Hamilton) - P: 0800 800 401 
 
Accommodation
Arrow Lodge Motel, 13 Market St, Ngaruawahia. P: 07 8248360 - E: arrowlodge@callplus.net.nz
 
OR Detour west
Waingaro Hot Springs Hotel & Camping Ground - 2263 Waingaro Rd, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 825 4761 -
E: waingaro.hot.springs@clear.net.nz 

Resupply
Riverview Takeaway & Dairy - 52 Great S Rd, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 824 7797 
New World Supermarket - 7 Galileo St, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 824 8275 
 
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Basic amenities available in Ngaruawahia Township.
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • Roadside parking only
Closest Town(s)
Ngaruawahia or Hamilton
Managed by
Waikato District Council
Northern Start
Waingaro Rd Bridge, Ngaruawahia
Southern End
Pukete Rd, Hamilton
Distance
12km
Time
3hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Potential hazards: Cyclists

Immediately after crossing the Waipa River, take a sharp left into Sampson St and follow it around, joining Broadway St, then onto the Lower Waikato Esplanade.

Follow this under the railway line and road bridge and immediately after the road bridge join the paved path - you're now on the Te Awa cycle/walkway - through the riverside reserve. Across the river is the Turangawaewae Marae, a very significant marae of the Maori people of New Zealand and the official residence and reception centre of the head of the Kingitanga (the Maori King Movement). 

Te Awa continues along the river, continuing south as you leave Ngaruawahia. You'll see the Ngaruawahia Golf Course to your right and shortly after a spectacular green bridge will appear. Cross the bridge and you'll be on the true right of the river now.

The path will take you to Horotiu Bridge Rd, where you'll cross back over the Waikato River, and back down onto the Te Awa path along the river, with a small deviation away from the river just past the Fonterra dairy plant.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track stay as far off SH1 as possible
  • Be aware of cyclists on cycleway into Hamilton from Horotiu
Description
(North to South)

Potential hazards: Cyclists

Immediately after crossing the Waipa River, take a sharp left into Sampson St and follow it around, joining Broadway St, then onto the Lower Waikato Esplanade.

Follow this under the railway line and road bridge and immediately after the road bridge join the paved path - you're now on the Te Awa cycle/walkway - through the riverside reserve. Across the river is the Turangawaewae Marae, a very significant marae of the Maori people of New Zealand and the official residence and reception centre of the head of the Kingitanga (the Maori King Movement). 

Te Awa continues along the river, continuing south as you leave Ngaruawahia. You'll see the Ngaruawahia Golf Course to your right and shortly after a spectacular green bridge will appear. Cross the bridge and you'll be on the true right of the river now.

The path will take you to Horotiu Bridge Rd, where you'll cross back over the Waikato River, and back down onto the Te Awa path along the river, with a small deviation away from the river just past the Fonterra dairy plant.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Background Information
Just north of Hamilton, Ngaruawahia is a significant place for Maori.

It is the home of the Maori King and the magnificent Turangawaewae Marae. The marae is open only once a year, during the annual regatta, which is held on the nearest Saturday to the 17th March. Ngaruawahia is located at the junction of two great rivers - Waikato and Waipa. These rivers were once important canoe routes; later they served European settlers. Taupiri Mountain, which watches over Ngaruawahia, is sacred and contains the Waikato’s most significant Maori burial ground. You can walk to the summit for views of the region. 
 

Ngaruawahia Township

Getting there/away
InterCity - Major North Island routes - PH 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz  
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
BusIt - (Huntly & Hamilton) - P: 0800 800 401 
 
Accommodation
Arrow Lodge Motel, 13 Market St, Ngaruawahia. P: 07 8248360 - E: arrowlodge@callplus.net.nz
 
OR Detour west
Waingaro Hot Springs Hotel & Camping Ground - 2263 Waingaro Rd, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 825 4761 -
E: waingaro.hot.springs@clear.net.nz 

Resupply
Riverview Takeaway & Dairy - 52 Great S Rd, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 824 7797 
New World Supermarket - 7 Galileo St, Ngaruawahia - P: 07 824 8275 
 
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Basic amenities available in Ngaruawahia Township.
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • Roadside parking only
Closest Town(s)
Ngaruawahia or Hamilton
Managed by
Waikato District Council