Ngāruawāhia to Hamilton - Te Awa (The River)

  • Walking

Immediately after crossing the Waipā River, take a sharp left into Sampson Street and follow it around, joining Broadway Street, 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 are now on the Te Awa cycle/walkway. Follow through to the riverside reserve. Across the river is the Tūrangawaewae Marae, a very significant marae of the Māori people of New Zealand and the official residence and reception centre of the head of the Kīngitanga (the Māori King Movement). 

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

The path will take you to Horotiu Bridge Road, where you'll cross back over the Waikato River, and 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

How to get here

Northern Start: Waingaro Road Bridge, Ngāruawāhia
Southern End: Pūkete Road, Hamilton

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Waikato trail notes, including information about accommodation transport and resupplying

Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Jan 5, 2021, 1:59 PM