Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

Hakarimata Walkway - OPEN

Northern Start
Hakarimata Scenic Reserve, end of Parker Rd
Southern End
Waingaro Rd bridge, Ngaruawahia
Distance
12km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - take care on the one lane bridge
  • Poisons & traps
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

The Hakarimata Track is steep, hilly and arduous but the bush and views are worth it.

The track from Parker Road starts on the Kauri Loop Track which leads up a long flight of steps then levels out to traverse a largely open face with views to the north. Continue up (southwards) from the Lower Lookout through stands of large rimu to the Upper Lookout with its spectacular views to the north and west.

Alternatively, take the Kauri Loop Track west of the Lower Lookout to walk on past an old pa site and through bush to the large kauri trees. A few minutes further on, there's the kauri grove bush viewpoint. This loop track takes you through to the Upper Lookout. (This will add on approx 1 hour to your day).

The Hakarimata Walkway starts from the Upper Lookout. Head in a southerly direction for 20 minutes to the southern lookout where there are excellent views south across Hamilton.The Walkway continues along the undulating crest of the Hakarimata Range with occasional views out to the west and east.

Approx 500m SE of highpoint 314, there is a rough exit track heading down in an easterly direction past a disused quarry to Hakarimata Rd on the western banks of the Waikato River. It's obviously used by locals as a shortcut to town but it is hand over hand in places.

The main ridge track continues southwards to the Hakarimata Trig at 374m high. Walking 200m south of the trig, take the track leading down towards the Mangarata Stream. This track - "the Summit Track" is a tremendous success story, where the local community have adopted it as a community wellbeing tool, and it wont be uncommon to see locals heading up or down the track (often multiple times) in their quest for better health outcomes. Kia kaha!

It comes out on Brownlee Avenue which connects with Hakarimata Rd. Follow the road south east until reaching the Waingaro Road Bridge over the Waipa River. Track officially ends on the eastern bank.

If you are after amenities, continue east across the railway and Great South Road to reach Jesmond St - the main business road in the small township of Ngaruawahia.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Hakarimata Walkway
 
Background / Historical 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.
 
General Information
Functional facts: Approx. population 5000, limited accommodation, basic shops.

Accommodation
Arrow Lodge Motel, 13 Market St, Ngaruawahia. P: 07 8248360 - E: arrowlodge@callplus.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
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
  • Kauri tree disease risk - Clean boots between tracks; avoid standing on root systems
Amenities
(Start)
  • No amenities
  • Car park
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • Roadside parking only
  • Accommodation Lawn tent-site, Thickpenny Ln. Call Peter Ayson 027 479 7077.
  • Basic amenities available in Ngaruawahia
Closest Town(s)
Huntly & Ngaruawahia & Hamilton
Managed by
DOC Waikato
Northern Start
Hakarimata Scenic Reserve, end of Parker Rd
Southern End
Waingaro Rd bridge, Ngaruawahia
Distance
12km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

The Hakarimata Track is steep, hilly and arduous but the bush and views are worth it.

The track from Parker Road starts on the Kauri Loop Track which leads up a long flight of steps then levels out to traverse a largely open face with views to the north. Continue up (southwards) from the Lower Lookout through stands of large rimu to the Upper Lookout with its spectacular views to the north and west.

Alternatively, take the Kauri Loop Track west of the Lower Lookout to walk on past an old pa site and through bush to the large kauri trees. A few minutes further on, there's the kauri grove bush viewpoint. This loop track takes you through to the Upper Lookout. (This will add on approx 1 hour to your day).

The Hakarimata Walkway starts from the Upper Lookout. Head in a southerly direction for 20 minutes to the southern lookout where there are excellent views south across Hamilton.The Walkway continues along the undulating crest of the Hakarimata Range with occasional views out to the west and east.

Approx 500m SE of highpoint 314, there is a rough exit track heading down in an easterly direction past a disused quarry to Hakarimata Rd on the western banks of the Waikato River. It's obviously used by locals as a shortcut to town but it is hand over hand in places.

The main ridge track continues southwards to the Hakarimata Trig at 374m high. Walking 200m south of the trig, take the track leading down towards the Mangarata Stream. This track - "the Summit Track" is a tremendous success story, where the local community have adopted it as a community wellbeing tool, and it wont be uncommon to see locals heading up or down the track (often multiple times) in their quest for better health outcomes. Kia kaha!

It comes out on Brownlee Avenue which connects with Hakarimata Rd. Follow the road south east until reaching the Waingaro Road Bridge over the Waipa River. Track officially ends on the eastern bank.

If you are after amenities, continue east across the railway and Great South Road to reach Jesmond St - the main business road in the small township of Ngaruawahia.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - take care on the one lane bridge
  • Poisons & traps
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

The Hakarimata Track is steep, hilly and arduous but the bush and views are worth it.

The track from Parker Road starts on the Kauri Loop Track which leads up a long flight of steps then levels out to traverse a largely open face with views to the north. Continue up (southwards) from the Lower Lookout through stands of large rimu to the Upper Lookout with its spectacular views to the north and west.

Alternatively, take the Kauri Loop Track west of the Lower Lookout to walk on past an old pa site and through bush to the large kauri trees. A few minutes further on, there's the kauri grove bush viewpoint. This loop track takes you through to the Upper Lookout. (This will add on approx 1 hour to your day).

The Hakarimata Walkway starts from the Upper Lookout. Head in a southerly direction for 20 minutes to the southern lookout where there are excellent views south across Hamilton.The Walkway continues along the undulating crest of the Hakarimata Range with occasional views out to the west and east.

Approx 500m SE of highpoint 314, there is a rough exit track heading down in an easterly direction past a disused quarry to Hakarimata Rd on the western banks of the Waikato River. It's obviously used by locals as a shortcut to town but it is hand over hand in places.

The main ridge track continues southwards to the Hakarimata Trig at 374m high. Walking 200m south of the trig, take the track leading down towards the Mangarata Stream. This track - "the Summit Track" is a tremendous success story, where the local community have adopted it as a community wellbeing tool, and it wont be uncommon to see locals heading up or down the track (often multiple times) in their quest for better health outcomes. Kia kaha!

It comes out on Brownlee Avenue which connects with Hakarimata Rd. Follow the road south east until reaching the Waingaro Road Bridge over the Waipa River. Track officially ends on the eastern bank.

If you are after amenities, continue east across the railway and Great South Road to reach Jesmond St - the main business road in the small township of Ngaruawahia.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Hakarimata Walkway
 
Background / Historical 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.
 
General Information
Functional facts: Approx. population 5000, limited accommodation, basic shops.

Accommodation
Arrow Lodge Motel, 13 Market St, Ngaruawahia. P: 07 8248360 - E: arrowlodge@callplus.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
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
  • Kauri tree disease risk - Clean boots between tracks; avoid standing on root systems
Amenities
(Start)
  • No amenities
  • Car park
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • Roadside parking only
  • Accommodation Lawn tent-site, Thickpenny Ln. Call Peter Ayson 027 479 7077.
  • Basic amenities available in Ngaruawahia
Closest Town(s)
Huntly & Ngaruawahia & Hamilton
Managed by
DOC Waikato