Hakarimata Walkway

Hakarimata Walkway

The Hakarimata Range in the Waikato sits just to the west of Ngāruawāhia and Taupiri and overlooks the conjunction of the Waikato and Waipa rivers. The Hakarimata Walkway runs along the ridgeline of the Range, which is also a section of Te Aararoa. It can be accessed from several points, including from the Kauri Loop Walk at the north end of the range.

Access to this track is from Riverview Road (which turns into Hakarimata Road) then along Parker Road. Riverview runs along the west side of the Waikato River between Huntly and Ngāruawāhia.

From the carpark, head straight up the track without taking the turns to the Kauri Loop Track. It’s a steep 240 metre vertical climb with a lot of stairs for about 1.4 kms so allow about 30 minutes or so. It runs through a mix of regenerating and established native forest to a viewpoint at 260 metres up.

From there, you are high above the Waikato River and wider region to the east. You can then continue on along the Hakarimata Walkway, including the Upper Lookout about 500 metres along the walkway, or take the Kauri Loop which adds about 20 minutes of walking to the return trip.

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