The Hakarimata Walkway traverses Hakarimata Range, on the western side of the Waikato River between Ngaruawahia and Huntly. The track climbs to approximately 374 metres, offering views across the forest-clad mountain range, the Waikato River and the city of Hamilton to the south.
The walkway passes through mixed podocarp forest of rimu, rata, rewarewa and tawa trees. It adjoins a number of other tracks in the area, including the Kauri Loop Track, at its northern end, which provides an opportunity for walkers to venture past an old Māori pa site to a grove of kauri trees.
The Hakarimata Walkway can be walked from either its southern end, near Ngaruawahia, or northern end, closer to Huntly. There are car parks at both ends of the track.
The southern entrance of the walkway is located just west of Ngaruawahia, off Waingaro Road. The walkway’s northern end is located south of Huntly, off Parker Road on the western side of the Waikato River.
Conditions and closures
To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation’s website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.
At a glance
Walking time: 7 hours and 30 minutes one way
Length: 12km one way
Created: 17 August 1978
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation
For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Hakarimata Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.
Photo provided courtesy of Foxgloves.