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.
No dogs. Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you have not returned.
How to get here
This is a one-way track but it can be walked as return trips to the summit from either end. The track can also be accessed at the Hakarimata summit (374 m) via the Hakarimata Summit Track. The northern section starts from Parker Road, off Hakarimata Road, approx. 7 km south of Huntly and approx. 11 north of Ngaruawahia. The southern section starts from Waingaro Road, off Hakarimata Road, approximately 3 km south of Ngaruawahia.