THINGS TO DO
IN THE AREA:
The native forest and birdlife of the Hakarimata Range provides the perfect setting for a day out in one of the Waikato region’s most beautiful landscapes.
Located in the town Ngaruawahia, the ranges include 1,850 hectares of native forest protected in Hakarimata Scenic Reserve. A walk in the reserve will reward you with babbling streams, picturesque waterfalls and impressive views over the surrounding countryside.
Hakarimata Waterworks Track & Summit Track
If you’re looking for a short walk, try the Waterworks Track, in the middle section of the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve. The streamside walk passes through attractive bush on the way to an old dam – perfect for family picnics.
Once you’re done, you can return back down the track or venture up to the summit, 374 metres above sea level, on the Hakarimata Summit Track, which includes the infamous staircase, a popular challenge with both locals and visitors alike.